International heavyweights in construction 2018 machinery was held in Dubai for one week from 26 – 28 March 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Center. With over 300 exhibitors from 30 countries including the biggest brands in the world in its launch edition, The Big 5 Heavy provided an unique showcase of machinery for heavy construction and infrastructure industries. With 22,902 active projects in the GCC alone, valued at a total $2.4 trillion, International attention towards The Big 5 Heavy in Dubai reflects the promise and opportunity afforded to professionals by thriving construction activity in the UAE and the GCC region as a whole.
With a ‘Made in Germany’ pavilion of over 1,000m2 on the floor, European interest in the region was prominent – other exhibiting companies from Europe include UK, Italy, Spain, France and many more. Support also comes from the West with The American Concrete Institute updated visitors on the latest concrete codes and standards in a series of workshops across two days. Liebherr joined CIFA in showcasing concrete pumps at the event, alongside the event’s official Lubricant Sponsor, Caltex, exhibiting their premium range of lubricants for heavy machinery.
The world’s largest construction machinery manufacturer Caterpillar (represented by Al Bahar) exhibited alongside Hitachi and Raimondi who both showcased a variety of new cranes. The UAE is a progressively growing hub and this attracts more people, businesses, investors, activities, exhibitions, world expos, and tourists. Obviously, this creates the huge demand for services, infrastructure, and all related construction projects,” says Ali Kassem, Regional Sales Manager for German Exhibitor Liebherr. The GCC infrastructure expansion continues at a breathless pace despite recent headwinds and The Big 5 Heavy is bringing all the major buyers and manufacturers together.
A packed agenda of 40+ free to attend workshops designed to assist construction professionals in their jobs offer attendees CPD (Continued Professional Development) certified points. The workshop programme covered leading industry topics such as project management, mining & quarrying and foundation and geotechnical sessions, providing visitors with the latest in their field. The Big 5 Heavy is free to attend and featured a ‘Grill & Chill’ refreshments area where visitors and exhibitors was able to network. Timing from 10 AM to 6 PM daily at The Dubai World Trade Centre.
Sponsors and partners supporting The Big 5 Heavy 2018 include Caltex (Lubricant Sponsor), the Deep Foundations Institute (Geotech Knowledge Partner), Total Foundations Solutions (Geotechnical Sponsor), Deewan (Concrete Equipment Sponsor), Hard Precast (Precast Sponsor), and Stevin Rock (Mining & Quarrying Sponsor). The Big 5 Heavy is organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, and a part of The Big 5 portfolio of events that includes the largest construction event in the Middle East.