Big 5 Construct Saudi returns for its 12th edition

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Saudi Arabia’s construction sector is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 4% between 2024 and 2027, driven by strategic initiatives focused on economic diversification in alignment with Vision 2030 (Source: JLL). Building on this momentum, the largest construction event in the Kingdom, Big 5 Construct Saudi, returns for its 12th edition to the Riyadh Front Exhibition and Conference Centre from 26 to 29 February in 2024, doubling in size and capacity covering an area of 70,000sqm.

As it brings together 1,300+ exhibitors, recording a strong 55% percent increase compared to last year’s edition, from 40+ countries to connect with 55,000+ construction professionals, Big 5 Construct Saudi co-locates with four specialized events: HVAC R Expo Saudi, FM Expo Saudi, Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia and Windows, Doors & Facades Event Saudi.

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“Doubling in size to match the colossal developments in the Kingdom’s construction industry, Big 5 Construct Saudi enhances the diversity of offerings with the participation of local and international exhibitors bringing together groundbreaking ideas, innovative technologies and unparalleled expertise,” said Muhammed Kazi, Vice President – Construction at dmg events, the organizers of Big 5 Construct Saudi.

With a strong pipeline of projects worth $2.1 trillion for the next eight years, according to Jerry Todd, Head of the National Development Division at the Public Investment Fund (Source: Arab News), Saudi Arabia stands at the threshold of a transformative era marked by momentous growth.

“At a time when Saudi Arabia won the bid to host the Riyadh Expo 2030 and the FIFA World Cup 2034, our event continues to bridge international collaborations as stakeholders gear up to deliver the requirements stemming from the multi-billion-dollar ongoing and upcoming mega and giga projects in the Kingdom,” added Kazi.

Diverse product sectors and exhibitors under one roof

As it contributes to the future of the Kingdom’s construction sector, Big 5 Construct Saudi showcases more than 20,000 products & services under nine product sectors in 2024. These include building envelope & construction, building interiors & finishes, building materials & tools, building security & access control, intelligent buildings, offsite & modular construction, kitchen & bathroom, plant machinery & vehicles, and solar & MEP.

Supporting product sectorization, the four-day event also focuses on four new sectors such as Concrete, Construction Technologies and Steel and Urban Design & Landscape, which together with the existing product sectors cover the entire construction value chain.

This year the trade exhibition hosts 20 country pavilions such as Germany, China, Greece, Italy, Türkiye, the UAE, the US and Qatar, with Egypt, Jordan, Spain and India joining the lineup for the first time. “As international presence grows at Big 5 Construct Saudi bringing together prominent industry players, it provides a collaborative platform for stakeholders to build new partnerships boosting the growth of the Kingdom’s construction sector,” added Kazi.

The growth of international presence also comes on the back of strong local support for the event as the nation’s leading construction players join the exhibitor lineup. Some of these include Al Zamil Group, a diversified company, Al Bawani, a contracting giant, Samnan Holding, a water solutions provider and Construction Product Company (CPC), a renowned supplier of finished products.

Hussein and Al-Hassan G. Shaker Bros. Company, a leading HVAC company, is also exhibiting this year and supporting the event as the Diamond Sponsor. Commenting on their participation, Khaled Jiz, Marketing Manager said: “At HH-Shaker, our mission is to provide the Saudi market with high-quality air-conditioning solutions and establish as a leader among competitors in our industry. This year, we are proud to participate in the Big 5 Construct along with our trusted partner Midea A/C. We will be showcasing our latest energy efficient technologies to be introduced to the Saudi market in 2024. We are looking forward to another successful event.”

Also supporting the HVAC R Expo as the Platinum Sponsor is American multinational HVAC, refrigeration, and fire and security equipment giant Carrier. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for us at Carrier to be a part of Big 5 Construct Saudi and the co-located HVAC R Expo to showcase our cutting-edge, innovative, reliable and sustainable solutions. We look forward to engaging with industry leaders, experts and construction professionals once again at this event. We believe in the power of innovation and quality, and our presence at HVAC R Expo is a testament to our commitment to advancing the construction industry,” said Salman Zebian, General Manager, Carrier Saudi Arabia.

Some of the new-to-show brands exhibiting this year are British multinational manufacturer of construction equipment JCB; UAE-based SKM Air Conditioning; US-headquartered Stanley & Black Decker, a manufacturer of industrial tools and hardware, Kingspan, a premier manufacturer of insulation solutions for building envelope, KNEST, an aluminium formwork company from India and Sphinx Glass, a glass, ceramics and concrete manufacturing company in Egypt.

Promoting thought leadership and practical learning

Big 5 Construct Saudi will be bustling with industry networking opportunities providing attendees the chance to make the most of the 60+ free-to-attend CPD (Continuous Professional Development) certified Big 5 Talks. The talks programme provides professionals with a chance to collect CPD points, an industry-wide requirement to build on practical knowledge applied to the construction profession.

From construction leaders to innovators, architects to project and facilities management practitioners as well as technologists, the talks provide insightful takeaways under 13 streams. These include concrete, sustainability, technology innovations and digital transformation in construction, contracting strategies, risk management and legal, decarbonization, HVAC R, architecture & design, facilities management, giga project updates, intelligent buildings, project management and leadership.