His Excellency the Deputy Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Eng. Osama bin Abdulaziz Al-Zamil, opened The Big 5 Saudi exhibition in its eleventh edition, with the participation of more than 28,000 construction experts and more than 750 participants, both locally and internationally, from 40 different countries, to showcase the latest innovations and technologies in the construction sector. Construction in the largest construction exhibition in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“The Big 5 Saudi constitutes an opportunity to reshape the modern construction industry and involve new technology towards the implementation of the 4th Industrial Revolution. This will play a crucial role to keep up with transformation and open new opportunities for investment in the industry and domestic resources, as well as enhancing the position of Saudi Arabia in the industrial sector.’’ - said His Excellency, while speaking on the opening.
His Excellency pointed out that the national strategy for industry aims to increase the use of modern methods of construction such as prefabricated and insulated concrete systems and to add the use of advanced methods of construction such as 3D printing and robotics, indicating that the construction industry sector in the Kingdom includes 1,436 factories distributed in 13 administrative regions throughout the Kingdom, where it diversifies between the manufacturing of cement, bricks, ceramics, porcelain, ready-mixed concrete, gypsum boards, flat glass and electrical wires.
The Deputy Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources affirmed the ministry's keenness to enhance the competitiveness of the sector by raising the level of operating efficiency and energy consumption of factories and enhancing integration with associated industries such as the iron and steel industry and the chemical manufacturing industries.
As the Big 5 Saudi opened its doors to exhibitors, visitors, and industry leaders, innovative and future-focused technologies took the center stage with local and international companies from more than 40 countries showcased cutting-edge products and services. With a phenomenal start, Day 1 of The Big 5 Saudi 2023 recorded an incredible turnout of visitors, leading into several high-profile business opportunities being unlocked in the Kingdom’s evolving construction landscape.
Deewan Equipment Trading, representing ALMIX, a leading provider of concrete and asphalt equipment in the Middle East and GCC region, signed a contract to work on its 98th asphalt in the Kingdom. Located in Riyadh, the plant will be operational in five months and will have a capacity of 160 tons per hour. The deal was signed with Alomaier Trading and Contracting Co. at The Big 5 Saudi 2023, who are collaborating with ALMIX for their 6th plant.
“We are always excited to forge new partnerships with new companies. However, it is always an achievement to sign repeat clients. The Big 5 Saudi has provided a wonderful platform for companies like ours to meet and do business with new and existing clients.” – said Ghaith Al-Ani, Managing Partner, Deewan Equipment Trading.
The Big 5 Saudi has been instrumental in facilitating partnerships and collaborations between businesses in the construction sector, resulting in increased growth and profitability for exhibiting companies.
"We are thrilled to see so many organizations signing new partnerships and deals at The Big 5 Saudi. The event provides an exceptional platform for industry leaders to connect and collaborate, and we are proud to facilitate these partnerships in the construction sector while also creating opportunities for growth, innovation, and collaboration. Partnerships are the backbone of progress, and with the right combination of technology and collaboration, we can build a brighter future for the construction industry in the Kingdom." – said Muhammed Kazi, VP – Construction, dmg events
As Saudi Arabia’s largest construction event, The Big 5 Saudi is home to over 820 local and international exhibitors from 40 countries showcasing more than 15,000 leading-edge, disruptive, and futuristic products and services across four days from 18 to 21 February, allowing businesses to stay up-to-date and competitive.
The exhibition serves as a platform for productive networking opportunities, allowing attendees to meet industry professionals, experts, and potential business partners.
Live demos and technology-enabled displays
The diverse range of companies showcasing at The Big 5 Saudi have turned it into a hub for live demos of latest technology-enabled displays, representing the trailblazing features and capabilities that could revolutionize and innovate design, building, and delivery processes throughout the industry.
Mena3D, a Geospatial & Metrology 3D Solutions provider in the Middle East and North Africa displayed a live demo of their product, Simscan, one of the lightest and most efficient handheld 3D Scanners that can scan up to 2.8 million points per second, supported by a 42-laser system.
Aggreko, a world-leading provider of temporary power, temperature control and energy services, showcased modular solar solution as well as batteries that could support businesses through their ambitious energy transition goals.
Spider Access Cladding Works and Building Cleaning LLC, a Gulf-based organization that offers a broad range of access-related services for use on high-rise structures demonstrated their amazing rope access products at The Big 5 Saudi.
ROSHN, the National Real Estate developer of Saudi Arabia, presents its state-of-the-art VR Technology that allows users to witness the construction future of Saudi Arabia, as envisioned by the company to develop humanized communities across the Kingdom.
Elsewhere, Masdar - a leading building & construction materials company in Saudi Arabia, brought their stand to life with live entertainment and music, making visitors experience enjoyable while encouraging productive business partnerships.
Knowledge sharing with industry talks and sessions
The Big 5 Saudi has become an unmissable platform for industry professionals to engage in CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified talks and educational panels and discussions.
Over the upcoming days of the event, many key figures in the construction industry including Mohammed Aleemuddin, Head of Training and Development, Saudi Services Company Limited; Alastair Common, Technical Director, Schüco Middle East Windows & Façade Systems LLC; Steven Gutierrez, Program Director, Parsons; Ahmad Mhanna, Director – Middle East and North Africa Region, American Concrete Institute (ACI); Dr. Saad Bin Howimal, Assistant Research Professor, The Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Institute at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology; Abdulrahman AlMutairy, Senior Account Manager, Honeywell; Eng. Salah Abuobaid, MACI Founder and CEO - Yibna Contracting, Jordan Concrete Association Board member; Paul Prescott, Senior Associate, Dentons and Co, will share case studies and provide insightful takeaways on topics including risk management in infrastructure projects, initiatives for advancing the concrete industry & sustainability, applicability of carbon-neutral concrete, and the role of effective project management to ensure sustainability, among others.
The event also presents the much-anticipated leadership panel featuring David Watkins, Chief of Delivery, Diriyah Company; Mark Graham, Executive Director, Technical Engineering, ROSHN; Katarina Uherova Hasbani, Partner and Global Director of Strategy and Advisory, AESG; and Fahad Al Balawi, Head of construction, AMAALA to discuss the importance of driving leadership and collaboration to deliver Saudi Arabia’s giga-projects.
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), a Supporting Partner of The Big 5 Saudi, hosted an engaging networking session, where Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive Officer at CIOB addressed the attendees.
The 2023 edition of The Big 5 Saudi is sponsored by industry leaders including AFAQ Wood Industries Factory, Bluu, Carrier, Saudi Services Company Limited, Zamil Industrial, SABB, Al Bawani, Midea and SRACO.
Industry professionals are free to attend the sold-out exhibition. Visitor registrations are open at www.thebig5saudi.com