The new dates – September 12-15, 2021 – also apply to the specialised events hosted alongside The Big 5 such as The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo.
The decision to postpone this year’s event, originally slated to be held on November 23-26 this year at the Dubai World Trade Centre, comes in the wake of consultation with key stakeholders in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The new dates take into consideration multiple factors that include the health, safety and convenience of all participants, the ease of travel, as well as the global events calendar for the industry.
Ben Greenish, senior vice president at dmg events, an international exhibitions company and organisers of the event, said: “It was not an easy decision to take, but we believe it is the best for the construction players we proudly connect and have served since 1979. Over the past weeks, we made it our priority to listen to our exhibitors, visitors, and other key stakeholders.
“We understand how crucial a successful trade event is for their businesses, and how challenging planning ahead can be in such uncertain times. We have therefore decided to postpone this year’s event to offer an edition of the scale and nature expected of The Big 5 in 2021, which will boost the construction sector’s recovery efforts in the post-Covid-19 era.”
The early announcement of the new dates will enable industry players to plan ahead and join an event that will benefit the whole construction value chain, according to the organisers.
Meanwhile, The Big 5 will continue to connect and empower construction players worldwide, and will launch a new Digital Festival of Construction in November this year to assist the industry.
The Big 5 event, welcoming over 67,000 buyers, suppliers and experts from across the construction cycle, offers a comprehensive programme of education workshops, networking features and business and sales opportunities at one location.