Expo 2020 and Vision 2030 are just the beginning of a long-term plan, according to experts.

Growing hunger for new infrastructure machinery and technology in the GCC has attracted industry leaders to The Big 5 Heavy 2018, now in day two of its launch edition at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

With 300 exhibitors from over 30 countries the event is the largest heavy construction show in the Middle East and offers construction professionals three days of business, networking, and education.

Over 40 complimentary workshops at The Big 5 Heavy are curated by trusted industry experts such as Omar Essam Barakat from The Chartered Institute of Building, who captures the GCC infrastructure outlook:

“If you are actually in the market, you know that with Expo 2020 and Vision 2030 the deadline is just the beginning of a very big plan.”

He reinforces that “Government Visions in this case are tools for setting the standard of continuing industry and I can confirm that we are bidding for many projects to come after the deadlines.”

With expertise in over 60 countries, Adriaan De Kok, Area Business Manager for Chevron Lubricants and parent company for Caltex, agrees that “given the volume of projects being planned and executed in the GCC region, we do expect the construction and infrastructure industry to pick-up at a fast pace and to grow in 2018,”,.

He adds, “The broader strategic initiatives announced by governments across the region will steer economic growth which in turn becomes a key driver for the construction industry.”

Confirming a positive trend, the first deal made on-site was between Saudi-based Sarmix, and Austrian Dorner Electronic represented in the region by Deewan Equipment, for a complete automation system to be used at Sarmix ready-mix factories.

In response to market growth, Dubai Municipality Building Department attend the event to rollout their new fast-track Branch Licensing initiative which offers a one-day commercial licence process.

“Traditionally, the branch licensing process would take some time, but by making it more convenient in line with Smart Dubai innovation we hope to welcome more skilled and forward thinking professionals to the flourishing region,” says Maryam Hassan Ahli, Senior Consultants & Contractors Prequalification Engineer at Dubai Municipality Building Department.

Event Director for The Big 5 Heavy Richard Pavitt comments on the successful launch of the show: “We are delighted to see so many market leaders from around the world excited to attend a dedicated show for the heavy machinery and infrastructure industries. The atmosphere here is a true reflection of the promise that growing GCC construction opportunities present.”

Running until 6PM on 28 March 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, there is still plenty to see at The Big 5 Heavy with towering cranes, crushers, mega tyres and more on display across four product sectors throughout the Z’aabeel Halls: Middle East Concrete, PMV Live, Foundations & Geotechnical, and Mining & Quarrying.

The event is supported by Caltex (Official Lubricants Sponsor), the Deep Foundations Institute (Geotech Knowledge Partner), Total Foundation Solutions (Geotechnical Sponsor), Deewan (Concrete Equipment Sponsor), Hard Precast (Precast Sponsor), and Stevin Rock (Mining & Quarrying Sponsor).

The Big 5 Heavy is organized by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, and a part of The Big 5 portfolio of events that includes the largest construction event in the Middle East. 

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About The Big 5 Heavy

26 - 29 November 2018, the Dubai World Trade Center

The Big 5 Heavy is the largest exhibition dedicated to the infrastructure and heavy construction industry in the Middle East. Running from 26 to 29 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the event will host hundreds of local and international companies showcasing innovative solutions and products. 

The Big 5 Heavy is co-located with The Big 5, the region's largest construction event, and Middle East Concrete (MEC), creating a one stop shop for the industry to source all products throughout the construction cycle from concept to completion .

Organised by dmg events, The Big 5 Heavy will also feature a broad educational agenda with CPD-Certified Talks.

About dmg events

dmg events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.

We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business across multiple platforms.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year.  The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry leading events such as The Big 5 construction shows, ADIPEC and Gastech energy events. 

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT,, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.