UK Prime Minister pays a flying visit to UK pavilion at exhibition
David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, paid a surprise visit to the Big 5 exhibition on Monday, where he addressed an audience at the UK Pavillion.
Prime Minister Cameron was in the UAE on an official state visit and stopped by the region’s largest construction and machinery show to visit the UK pavilion, which is one of the largest at the exhibition.
Big 5 was officially inaugurated by HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai on Monday morning.
Sheikh Maktoum toured the exhibition halls of the expo, which will run till November 8. He was also briefed on exhibits that included equipments and technologies used in the construction sector, as well as those used in promoting green building requirements.
The exhibition is in its 30th edition and Andy White, events director for Big 5 2012, said the current edition would host 2,500 exhibitors from 70 countries. He added that there would be 27 national pavilions.
“This year’s event is the biggest to date, and brings together renowned brands from the building and construction world,” he said.
Opening alongside the event was the FM Expo, PMV Live and Middle East Concrete.
“With the alignment of PMV Live, Middle East Concrete and FM Expo alongside Big 5, visitors have access to the full spectrum of products, technologies and insights into the industry,” White said.
Several educational workshops and lectures will also take place during the event, covering topics relevant to the industry, including precast and sustainability.
“Sustainability is a theme that underpins all events taking place this week. It is a topic that is an inherent part of all sectors of the building and construction industry, and one that each event will address specifically within its own context,” White explained.