Organiser says growing demand for heavy equipment and creating one consolidated construction event the reasons behind second edition this year
The Big 5 Heavy, the Middle East’s dedicated heavy construction equipment and machinery exhibition, will be held for the second time this year, running alongside The Big 5 2018 from November 26-29, organisers dmg events have announced.
According to dmg events, the move to host the Big 5 Heavy along with the Big 5 aims to establish an international mega event in Dubai, catering to the needs of the entire construction community. The two exhibitions will be co-located at the Dubai World Trade Centre with the Middle East Concrete (MEC), The Big 5 Solar, HVACR Expo and the Urban Design & Landscaping Expo, all part of The Big 5.
Richard Pavitt, event director The Big 5 Heavy, said: “The success of The Big 5 Heavy this year shows a growing demand for PMV, commercial vehicles, foundations and geotechnical, quarrying and mining, road construction and site equipment in the region.
“We’re therefore delighted to announce that the show will now feature as part of The Big 5, the region’s largest construction event. The introduction of The Big 5 Heavy will create one mega construction event for the industry to source products for the construction cycle, from concept through to completion, under one roof.”
The Big 5 Heavy last took place in March this year along with Middle East Concrete (MEC), which also returns to The Big 5 in November. Dedicated entirely to the concrete industry, MEC will host over 100 concrete exhibitors and four days of education led by The American Concrete Institute, PCI and Precast For All.
According to dmg, this will make The Big 5 event the only place in the region where over 65,000-plus industry professionals can source everything they need in the global hub of the GCC.
Top industry players have welcomed the move, dmg’s statement said. Robert Winkler, operations manager at Bauer Equipment Gulf, said: “We believe that combining The Big 5 and The Big 5 Heavy is the right choice at this point in time. At the upcoming Big 5 Heavy in November, we look forward to enjoying the high volume of visitors attending The Big 5 event. This, paired with dedicated and specialised areas for heavy equipment, perfectly suits our requirements as the leading manufacturer of Special Foundation Equipment.”
Torben Mørch, sales manager and director of Global Marketing of Hawkeye Pedershaab, added: “For many years, we leveraged Middle East Concrete at The Big 5 as a platform to drive our sales and marketing activities in the Middle East. We are very pleased to note that dmg events have decided to move MEC back to the The Big 5 in November, which we believe is key for this event’s success.”