On 27 March, opening ceremonies led by Zeyad Bin Bassam Mohammed Al-Bassam Vice Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce welcomed the presence of more than 400 exhibitors from 30+ countries including Italy, Turkey, Germany, Greece, China, Qatar, Kuwait, Spain, Hungary, and India. Enhancing each visitors experience by providing a unique platform to connect key players and exhibitors to one another as well as showcasing exhibitor’s latest products to a growing market, this year’s The Big 5 Saudi saw a record-breaking onsite rebooking rate from exhibitors for next year’s show. Next year The Big 5 Saudi has already set dates to come back for its 8th edition scheduled to run through 5 – 8 March 2018.
In the backdrop of key construction developments happening throughout Saudi that top out at a combined estimated value of over USD $700 billion, The Big 5 Saudi 2017served as a platform to showcase the latest and most innovative products and construction solutions for the Saudi market. Bringing together architects, engineers, developers, manufacturers, suppliers and contractors from around the globe under one roof, the event also facilitated opportunities for decision makers to meet and greet with one another to gain useful insight to support their businesses and professional careers.
Spanning four days, participants at The Big 5 Saudi were also presented with an unmissable educational opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skill set within the construction industry.48 free-to-attend CPD (Continuous Professional Development) certified workshops of the event were offered, in-depth topics included the latest in Project Management, Innovation & Technology, and Sustainability.
Having spoken to a packed theatre on Day One of the exhibition on Embedding Risk Management in the Saudi Government organisational culture, Mohamed Hussein, Risk Management Specialist at Hill International said, “It should go without saying that the show and accompanied workshops were so successful. I think it's not only value added to the Construction industry in Saudi: The Big 5 Saudi also helped all professionals and companies seeking out opportunities in to expand and enhance their business.”
Participant Hisham Naji, Project Manager at Saudi Telecom Company said, “The Big 5 Saudi is great; I enjoyed the workshops because there are a lot of new ideas and best practice methods to be learned and implemented in the workplace.”
Plans are already in motion for next year’s 8th edition of The Big 5 Saudi 2018. Spanning 4 days, the event will be held from 5 - 8 March 2018 at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Big 5 Saudi 2018 will again bring back all the latest in construction equipment and innovative solutions for the Saudi build environment.
Since its inception in 2011, The Big 5 Saudi has become the largest and most influential construction event in the Kingdom. Organised by M.I.C.E. Arabia and dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa. To find out more, visit www.thebig5saudi.com.