Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sustainability conference showcases green business opportunities in GCC construction market

Sustainability conference showcases green business opportunities in GCC construction market

Two-day conference at The Big 5 to drive innovation and best practice for creating sustainable cities across Middle East and North Africa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 17 November2014 –The rise in green building practices across the GCC is creating new business opportunities for the construction industry.

Updates on sustainable development and regulatory frameworkin the region will be presented at the two-day Sustainable Design & Construction Conference, which begins tomorrow at The Big 5.

GCC governments are committed to sustainability, so developers and contractors must meet new standards.

Abdulla Rafia, Assistant Director General, Planning & Engineering at Dubai Municipality will reveal the timeline for implementation of the new sustainability requirements in Dubai.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest in the conference, highlighting the importance the construction industry places on sustainability now,” said Andy White, Group Event Director of The Big 5. “With the packed line-up of presentations and speakers at this year’s event, we are setting the sustainability agenda for the Middle East and North Africa.”

Eight iconic project showcases will be featured at the conference, with lead architects, engineers and project managers involved in the projects sharing their insight and best practice.

One of them will be the new Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Complex, one of the largest single-building projects in the world, The man who designed it, Mustafa Chehabeddine, Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, will be talking about his experience on Day one (18 Nov) of the conference.

He said: “Even in 2005 sustainability was at the centre of the design from the very first drawing.

 “Legislation to meet sustainability criteria has become tougher over the years since this project was started, but the terminal was always designed to be as sustainable and energy efficient as possible.”

Other topics that will be discussed at the conference include refurbishment and retrofit market updates and opportunities, achieving sustainability targets, energy efficient cooling and more.

The Sustainable Design and Construction Conference isset to take place 18 - 19 November. For the full agenda please visit

Notes to Editors

About The Big 5
Launched in 1979, The Big 5 International Building and Construction Show is the Middle East’s largest construction exhibition.

With the 35th edition running from 17 - 20 November, 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, The Big 5 in the UAE hosts more than 2,700 international exhibitors from nearly 60 countries, and welcomes more than 74,000 participants from 124 countries. The Big 5 also recently expanded to deliver three dedicated shows in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and India. For more information visit

The Big 5 and co-located events PMV Live and Middle East Concrete offer a 360 degree platform to the building and construction industry, as the largest international building construction, concrete and heavy machinery gathering place in the region. The three shows provide unparalleled access to industry knowledge with 45 free to attend accredited seminars taking place, as well as key conferences and live demonstrations conducted on-site.

About PMV Live and Middle East Concrete
Co-located with The Big 5 International Building and Construction Show, niche construction events Middle East Concrete and PMV Live are the region’s most important meeting points for heavy construction machinery, plant equipment, commercial and construction vehicles, and concrete.

The pioneering shows bring together more than 355 exhibitors from over 32 countries with more than 20,000 international participants. For more information visit and

About dmg events
An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg events produces market-leading B2B exhibitions and conferences across the Middle East, America, Europe and Asia.For more information visit

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