The Big 5 to gather global construction professionals in-person next week

  • The Big 5 is the only live in-person event connecting the global construction community in 2021
  • Over 1200 exhibitors representing 50 countries confirmed so far, including 20 country pavilions 
  • Knowledge sharing opportunities feature 70+ talks from 150 global speakers, 3 high-level summits 

Dubai: Construction professionals from the region are Dubai-bound for The Big 5 next week, the only live, in-person event connecting the construction community in 2021. Now in its 42nd edition, The Big 5 is free to attend and opens at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 12th – 15th September.

Visiting professionals including architects, engineers, contractors, project managers and more can connect with over 1200 exhibitors from 50 countries at the event, gaining access to the latest construction products and solutions from around the world to accelerate market growth following COVID-19 impact.

Vice President at organiser dmg events, Josine Heijmans extends an invite: “It has been some time since we have been able to welcome the industry to live in-person events and we are delighted to be back at Dubai World Trade Centre next week. There is no faster way to establish customer connections, reconnect with key industry stakeholders and debate future development than through face-to-face communication and the opportunity to do so couldn’t be more vital as the region’s construction sector rebounds and enters a new era.” 

Brands at The Big 5 cover the full construction cycle and beyond across dedicated product sectors and specialised events including The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo. 

The Big 5 incorporates a technology focus through its broad offering with features such as the all-new Digital Construction World, Intelligent Buildings and Offsite & Modular product sectors, Start-Up City, and the exclusive FutureTech Construction Summit.

The event also offers over 70 free-to-attend CPD certified talks delivered by 150 global speakers and covering critical topics such as Digital Twins, AI, Sustainability and Project management, presenting a unique opportunity for visitors to stay up to date on trends in the sector.

In addition, The Big 5 Global Construction Leaders’ Summit launches this year, set to be kicked off by His Excellency Sami Al Qamzi, Director General, Department of Economic Development – Government of Dubai, and scheduled to explore vital industry developments and long-term opportunities. 

Finally, inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards in its inaugural ceremony will recognise industry success across 15 categories, celebrating achievements and transformation of the sector that go beyond traditional measures of project delivery.

The Big 5 provides a safe environment for face-to-face business following the dmg “All Secure” protocol and in collaboration with DWTC and local health authorities. Entry is free for construction professionals and online access is available at for visitors unable to travel.

The Big 5 and specialised events are supported by Diamond Sponsor Schüco, Platinum Sponsor Saudi Exports, Gold Sponsor Alumil, Extrusions Partner AKFA, Concrete Partner MASA, Construction Machinery Partner Zoomlion, Pavers Sponsor Raknor, Lighting Partner Lumo, FutureTech Construction Summit Gold Sponsor Traxxeo, FM Talks Gold Sponsor Schneider Electric, Supporting Partner Enterprise Greece and Supporting Partner Heriot-Watt University Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction. 


12-15 September 2021, Dubai World Trade Centre

The Big 5 is the construction event providing leading-edge innovation, knowledge, and business opportunities for industry players around the world to connect, grow, and succeed.

Taking place annually in Dubai since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of emerging markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions.

The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle; not only does it showcase products across dedicated sectors, it also runs alongside nine specialised events enabling industry professionals to source building solutions from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, the Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo.

The event includes high-level summits, practical seminars, CPD-certified workshops, and The Big 5 Impact Awards to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. 


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 through face-to-face events.

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 in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events.