First launched in 2011, The Big 5 Saudi has established itself as the Kingdom’s most popular international construction event. Every year since inauguration has seen substantial growth - nearly 90 per cent to date.
From 300 exhibitors in 2011 to more than 540 in 2014; from 9,000 visitors in 2011 to more than 15,000 in 2014. And the overall space has grown from 7,000sqm in 2011 to an anticipated size of 20,000sqm in 2015
Construction has always played a key role in Saudi Arabia’s overall economic development, modernizing the Kingdom and providing a platform for house building, employment opportunities for Saudi nationals, and growth potential for local businesses. It is estimated $75 billion construction projects were awarded in 2014 alone, and an estimated $200 billion in contracts will be awarded over the next couple of years.
The lure of Saudi Arabia is proving strong for international companies as well – major brands that are looking to expand their business in the Middle East, like MARS and Danone who recently opened facilities at King Abdullah Economic City north of Jeddah. Before they may have considered other GCC countries to base their operations. Today they are choosing Saudi Arabia because of its potential.
That is why The Big 5 Saudi International Construction Show has seen such growth since its first year. The event brings together thousands of visitors and exhibitors and exposes them to products that can help deliver a sustainable future. In 2015 we can expect 16,000 visitors and 560 exhibitors and more multi-million dollar deals to be signed. Large companies such as Rajhi Steel and Zamil Industrial will also be participating at the 2015 event in March.
But it isn’t just the world’s best and most innovative products that the event brings to Saudi Arabia. It now includes education as part of its core agenda. Visitors can benefit from educational seminars and workshops which are led by local and international experts giving their point of view on the industry and their predictions for 2015. These seminars cover areas such as asset maintenance, project management, market overview and an introduction to the LEED rating system.
Nathan Waugh, Event Director for The Big 5 Saudi, said: “The construction industry is a crucial pillar of Saudi Arabia’s growing economy. It is widely acknowledged that well managed and successfully delivered construction projects can improve the delivery of public and private services. But it needs a strong foundation, which is why The Big 5 Saudi has gone from strength to strength. It brings together decision-makers, procurement managers, international visitors, and large companies for four days, providing them with the opportunity to network and see first-hand what new products are on the market.”
“It has the added benefit of providing free to attend educational features as well, which is a key priority in Saudi,” added Waugh.
Exhibitor Rajhi Steel, said: “We have been participating in The Big 5 Saudi for the last eight years and year on year the exhibition has exceeded our expectations. We have been able to demonstrate an increment/expansion of our image as a direct result of our participation in the exhibition. The Big 5 Saudi provides a platform to showcase our product portfolio in an environment that directly targets the construction industry, supporting us to reach new customer clusters.”
The Big 5 Saudi takes place at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events from 9-12 March open from 16:00-22:00 hours. For further information and a full educational programme refer to: http://www.thebig5saudi.com/
The Big 5 Saudi is supported by Gold Sponsor Rajhi Steel. Rajhi Steel Industries Limited (Rajhi Steel), is one of the leading national companies in iron and steel industry, and one of the Middle East and North Africa’s largest steel manufacturers.