Your guide to The Big 5

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The show will offer insight into the latest design trends and construction technologies along with 70+ free-to-attend and CPD-certified workshops.

A total of 3,100 exhibitors from 142 countries across the world are set to converge on Dubai this month for The Big 5. The exhibition of construction technology and products will take place from 21-24 November at the World Trade Centre. Alongside the exhibition, The Big 5 2016 will offer 70+ free to attend and CPD-certified workshops, including the “Excellence in Construction Summit”, which will gather together 500 industry leaders to explore the latest projects and technology that will guide the future growth of Dubai.

“Sustainability is the Future” is design topic that will come under the microscope at a workshop, along with “Architectural Advancement: Creating an Iconic Development” and “Improving Façade Performance through Design”.

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Josine Heijmans, event director, outlined some of the guest speakers. She said: “Najeeb Al-Ali, executive director of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau will provide a preview of Expo 2020 while Janus Rostock, design director at Atkins, will present the concept behind Dubai Opera District.

“Also, Rowdha Al Sakit, CEO of D – Town Enterprises, will introduce the world’s largest materials library, while Nick Billotti, head of special projects at E.construct, will provide the latest insights on the next breakthrough in transforming the landscape of construction – 3D printing.”

More than 680 local and international companies will showcase their products for building interiors at the event, including Saudi Ceramics, Future Ceramics and Al Fanar Exa Ceramics.

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British Ceramic Tile will be revealing its exclusive partnership with global lifestyle brand Ted Baker as well as its selection of structured glass, fusing British design with high-quality materials and innovative production techniques.

French sanitary equipment specialist SFA Group will present its grey and black water pumps and will introduce its new lifting station solution.

Naturelmar Madencilik, a marble and natural stone manufacturer specialising in block, cut-to-size and slab production, will also be exhibiting.

Meanwhile, Diasen SRL will showcase Diathonite Evolution, a product that replicates the natural qualities of cork in plaster creating an external wall insulation system to protect buildings.

On the theme of sustainability. Ahmad Abdulrahman Bukhash, the man behind master plans in Dubai such as the Dubai Design District, will be judging the event’s Gaia Awards. He explained how he saw the urban environment: “Dubai is like a bubble city, where each micro-city has its own theme. However, the emirate is also developing its own specific style, which is a unique combination of a modern, futuristic design and a local, traditional one.

“Beyond architectural and urban design, sustainability can be effectively promoted through green building products. Private companies in the construction industry are highly innovative when it comes to green technologies. More and more developers now realise that the initial investment in green and sustainable building solutions provides an actual return on investment in the lifecycle of a project.”

d3 will feature a waterfront development soon, as part of the Dubai Canal Extension project.

“This will be a prime mixed-use development including global brands in the leisure, hospitality and retail industries. New guidelines soon to be issued will further promote the combination of technology and sustainability within the development. I think this is extremely encouraging for the future of this project, and the overall development of Dubai,” Bukhash added.

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