VIPs tour The Big 5 accompanied by Heijmans.

The Big 5, the largest and most influential event for the construction industry in the region, welcomed 36,386 industry professionals, bringing the business community back to face-to-face business for the first time in two years after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The four-day event, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre last month, connected the region’s engineers, architects, contractors, and project managers with over 1,200 exhibitors from more than 50 countries, offering access to the latest construction products and solutions, said the organiser dmg events.

Held in challenging times, The Big 5 provided a safe environment for face-to-face business following the dmg “All Secure” protocol and in collaboration with DWTC and local health authorities during the exhibition.

Josine Heijmans, Vice President – Construction at dmg events, said: “The Big 5 has been an outstanding success this year and we are delighted to be back. The diversity and quality of participation has reaffirmed the industry’s demand for in-person business events, and thriving activity at the exhibition shows that the region’s construction sector is well poised for growth following the Covid-19 impact. Whether it be showcasing innovative products, offering skills development opportunities, or hosting live forums for progressive dialogue, it has been our first and foremost mission at The Big 5 to support and move the building industry forward.”

For the first time this year, The Big 5 is launching its Online Reconnect days next month (November 16 to 17). The platform offers the global construction community the chance to re-engage to close sales, follow up on vital business conversations, and access the latest content from The Big 5’s international speakers, she added.