This year, The Big 5 event show­cased thou­sands of con­struc­tion prod­ucts and so­lu­tions from around the globe

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Un­der the theme “Shap­ing the fu­ture of con­struc­tion”, The Big 5 2018, held on 2629 Novem­ber 2018, at the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre, in­tro­duced new tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions. It also shed light on the ris­ing en­trepreneurs that promised to dis­rupt the con­struc­tion sec­tor, as well as on the women that are push­ing the in­dus­try for­ward. On its 39th edi­tion, the show once again paved the way for new part­ner­ships, boost in­vest­ments and con­nect pro­fes­sion­als from around the world, in Dubai.

For in­stance, ProTen­ders, the all-in-one con­struc­tion plat­form, an­nounced at the Big 5 ex­hi­bi­tion in Dubai that it has signed a key part­ner­ship with Abu Dhabi Qual­ity and Con­form­ity Coun­cil (QCC), the en­tity re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing qual­ity in­fra-

and rais­ing aware­ness on qual­ity stan­dards in the Emi­rate of Abu Dhabi.

This part­ner­ship by ProTen­ders fur­ther sup­ports the UAE Gov­ern­ment in im­prov­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity and safety of the Con­struc­tion In­dus­try by show­cas­ing cer­ti­fied prod­ucts, com­pa­nies and projects in a cen­tral­ized and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble on­line plat­form.

“In just a few clicks, ProTen­ders mem­bers and other com­pa­nies can now iden­tify and source any of the thou­sands of QCCcer­ti­fied prod­ucts faster than ever, thus fur­ther in­creas­ing the ef­fi­ciency, sus­tain­abil­ity and safety of the con­struc­tion in­dus­try,” said Karim He­lal, CEO and founder of ProTen­ders.

In ad­di­tion, the first edi­tion of the HVACR Expo hosted more than 200 ex­hibitors from around the globe. The only event ded­i­cated to the heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion, air con­di­tion­ing and re­frig­er­a­tion in­dustr y in Dubai, HVACR Expo ran as part of The Big 5.

Some of the ex­hibitors at the HVAC R Expo in­cluded Fawaz, SKM Air Con­di­tion­ing, Trox, Fin­power, Khansa­heb and oth­ers. There were also lead­ing as­so­ci­a­tions like ASHRAE Fal­con Chap­ter, AHRI, BSRIA, and RE­HVA.

Jo­sine Hei­j­mans, Port­fo­lio Di­rec­tor at dmg events, said: “We are ex­tremely glad and proud of the huge sup­port we are re­ceiv­ing from the HVAC R in­dustr y at a re­gional and a global level for the launch of HVAC R Expo. We look for­ward to pro­mot­ing best prac­tices in the re­gion while pro­vid­ing a vi­tal plat­form for in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als to do busi­ness, net­work, learn and source in­no­va­tive, en­ergy ef­fi­cient prod­ucts.”

Dr. Omar Ab­de­laziz, ASHRAE Global Train­ing Cen­ter In­struc­tor, com­mented: “HVACR Expo brings a much-needed ex­po­sure of the state-of-the-art to the GCC HVACR in­dus­try. It pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to learn about the new­est com­mer­cial HVAC prod­uct of­fer­ing for the GCC mar­ket with a spe­cial em­pha­sis on hot cli­mate con­di­tions, while of­fer­ing free-learn­ing.”

HVACR Expo put the theme of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency at cen­tre stage at The Big 5 show. Ac­cord­ing to Faisal Rashid, in fact, “HVACR ac­counts for heavy us­age of en­ergy, whether in build­ings or in­dus­tries. Rep­re­sent­ing 70% of the to­tal en­ergy con­sump­tion of a build­ing on av­er­age, HVACR usu­ally puts pres­sure on en­ergy gen­er­a­tion sys­tems and en­ergy needs, with both an en­vi­ron­men­tal and a fi­nan­cial im­pact.”

The first Women in Con­struc­tion Sem­i­nar & Awards was also launched at the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre, as part of The Big 5. Or­gan­ised in as­so­ci­a­tion with Mott MacDon­ald, the sem­i­nar ad­dressed the chal­lenges that women face in terms of equal op­por­tu­ni­ties in con­struc­tion, a trastruc­ture di­tion­ally male dom­i­nated sec­tor. Shorouq Ha­mawi, mar­ket­ing man­ager, Mott Macdon­ald, said: “Tra­di­tion­ally, women have faced chal­lenges re­lated to pay gap, ca­reer de­vel­op­ment, pro­mo­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties and lead­er­ship ap­point­ments. We are how­ever see­ing pol­icy changes and new prac­tices in place to close the pay gap and to in­tro­duce more friendly reg­u­la­tions that should al­low women to have a bal­ance be­tween their pro­fes­sional and pri­vate lives which will ul­ti­mately, al­low women to pur­sue lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­vest more in their ca­reer de­vel­op­ment jour­ney.”

“We should raise the pro­file of fe­male role mod­els in the in­dus­try. To do this we can sup­port and get in­volved in spe­cific events such as In­ter­na­tional Women’s day, col­lab­o­rat­ing with part­ners, com­peti­tors, the com­mu­nity and oth­ers to make this as far reach­ing as pos­si­ble.

“Ev­ery year we cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women’s day as part of our EDI cal­en­dar which also in­cludes events on dis­abil­ity, cul­ture etc. Fe­male role mod­els from the en­gi­neer­ing and con­sul­tancy in­dus­try need to get into schools and col­leges to root out neg­a­tive per­cep­tions, false­hoods and sex­ism around what is women’s or men’s work. We must en­gage in men­tor­ing and ‘spon­sor­ship’ which is when your voice is rep­re­sented with­out your pres­ence. They have a key role to play in the de­vel­op­ment of women.

“Work ex­pe­ri­ence and in­tern­ships need to be pro­vided to fe­male can­di­dates and we must sup­port the need for in­clu­sive lead­ers in the in­dus­try. To sup­port this, Mott MacDon­ald has rolled out train­ing around un­con­scious/con­scious bias for hir­ing and line man­agers across its global busi­ness.”

The Big 5 also launched a ded­i­cated Start-up City and a Live In­no­va­tion Zone. The show in­tro­duced the brand new Live In­no­va­tion Zone, dis­play­ing a se­lec­tion of the most in­no­va­tive prod­ucts that are shak­ing up the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, along with The Big 5’s Start-Up City, pre­sent­ing the next con­struc­tion tech dis­ruptors.

Prakash Seng­hani, Dig­i­tal Project De­liv­ery Lead - Con­struc­tion Ser­vices at AE­COM, and a mem­ber of The Big 5 Ad­vi­sory Panel, said: “Dis­rup­tion is hap­pen­ing all around us, in ev­ery in­dus­try, but the con­struc­tion sec­tor does not seem to be pro­gress­ing as quickly, even if we can see in­creased dig­i­ti­za­tion in our in­dus­try in coun­tries such as the United States.”

See in­side for more in­ter­views done by MEP Mid­dle East at the Big 5.

The first edi­tion of the HVACR Expo hosted more than 200 ex­hibitors from around the globe. The HVACR Expo ran as part of The Big 5

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