H.E. Eng. Amr Nassar, Minister of Trade and Industry inaugurated the proceedings of The Big 5 Construct Egypt today. Organised by dmg events, a leading international exhibitions company based in Dubai, UAE, the first edition of the show will run at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre (EIEC) on the 18th – 21st of September 2018.
Speaking of The Big 5 Construct Egypt’s significance to the local economy, H.E. Eng. Amr Nassar, Minister of Trade and Industry said he was especially happy to be here today to inaugurate and take part in the first edition of The Big 5 Construct Egypt and views it as an achievement that H.E. takes great pride in.
He added that alongside being the perfect platform to bring the latest international best practices to Egypt’s construction sector, international partnerships that would result from the show will help boost other sectors such as tourism, as well as bolster import and export opportunities. In closing, H.E. reiterated his confidence that this edition is the first of larger-scale editions of The Big 5 Construct Egypt in the years to come.
The world of construction meets in Egypt
More than 200 companies from 24 countries answered the call to take part in the first Cairo-based edition of The Big 5, Middle East largest portfolio of construction events. They brought hundreds of products for Egypt’s booming USD 335 billion construction market, which will be on display for four consecutive days.
Speaking of The Big 5 Construct Egypt’s significance to the local economy, H.E. Eng. Amr Nassar, Minister of Trade and Industry said he was especially happy to be here today to inaugurate and take part in the first edition of The Big 5 Construct Egypt and views it as an achievement that H.E. takes great pride in. He added that alongside being the perfect platform to bring the latest international best practices to Egypt’s construction sector, international partnerships that would result from the show will help boost other sectors such as tourism, as well as bolster import and export opportunities. In closing, H.E. reiterated his confidence that this edition is the first of larger-scale editions of The Big 5 Construct Egypt in the years to come.
Josine Heijmans, Portfolio Director at dmg events, commented: “International players showed a terrific interest in the Egyptian construction market, which is one of the fastest growing and most promising in the region. We are extremely proud to launch the show today, hosting 15 country pavilions from countries such as Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, China, Turkey, India, France and Greece – our official country partner.”
The introduction of The Big 5 Construct Egypt is equally, warmly welcomed by Egyptian construction companies. Major industry names like Kandil Steel, Orascom Group, Sphinx Glass, Ezzsteel, and Al Sherif Group are exhibiting at the show, which they also support as partners and sponsors.
“Egypt is currently starting a major infrastructure spending. There are huge business opportunities for construction steel and the related engineering industries like electric cables, solar panels, and later on white goods,” said Tarek Elnaghia, Marketing Manager at Kandil Steel. “We are increasing our productions capacity by 50% by the end of 2019, so this is the perfect time for us to take part in The Big 5 Construct Egypt”.
The event’s B2B matching program provides participants with a unique platform to connect, build strong relationships and grow together. Local Egyptian companies have the chance to establish new, profitable export partnerships, while international participation is expected to boost the flow of FDI into the country.
Heijmans added: “The Big 5 comes to Egypt at a time when the need for new technology, international partnerships, business development and advanced learning is at its peak. The Big 5 Construct Egypt offers a one-stop-shop for companies and industry professionals who want to remain atop of the latest developments in the sector, and we are very proud of the positive impact we are making in Egypt.”
Free education for all industry professionals
More than just an exhibition, The Big 5 Construct Egypt provides industry professionals with invaluable learning opportunities in the form of free to attend CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified courses. Visitors can attend over 40 workshops and receive a certificate at the end of each session, at no cost.
The workshops cover a wide range of topics, including Future Trends and Technologies, BIM and Project Management, New Policies and Reforms, Sustainability and Technology, Urban Development, Architecture and Design, BIM and Project Management, Contract Management, as well as Sustainability and Technology.
On the opening day, The Big 5 Construct Egypt also introduced the ‘Women in Construction’ seminar series. Presenting the diverse experiences of some of Egypt’s pioneering female construction executives, the seminar aims to advance and further empower the industry by changing the popular misconception of construction being a male dominated field.
The workshops will continue running during the show’s four days, with an impressive lineup of speakers. Some of the most prominent names include Nihal El Megharbel, Urban policies, Legislations and Governance Program Manager, UN-HABITAT, Egypt; Dalia Sadany, Founding Chairman of Dalia Sadany Dezines; Yasser AlBeltagy, Chairman, Yasser AlBeltagy Architects (YBA); Moustafa El Sayed, Chairman & Managing Director, EGEC; Salah Omar Omran, BIM Manager, Turner International KSA; Ahmed Salman, Architecture Section Head, Pinnacle Construction Projects; and Tamer Shafik, Business Development Director, Orascom Construction.The Big 5 Construct Egypt is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and supported by the Egyptian Federation for Construction and Building Contractors (EFCBC) and the African Federation for Construction Contractors Associations (AFCCA).
Some of the largest industry players have partnered up with the event. These include the Egyptian Chamber of Building Material, the Arab Water Council, the German Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce, International Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Kandil Steel (Bronze Sponsor), Orascom Group (CPD Sponsor), Sphinx Glass, Ezzsteel, Al Sherif Group, and Al Bawani Company.
The Big 5 has been a staple of Dubai’s exhibition calendar for almost 40 years. Over the last few years, the exhibition has been held in a number of countries beyond the UAE, including Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Kenya, becoming the largest and most influential go-to exhibition for the construction sector in the Middle East.
Running until 21 September, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre (EIEC), the event is free to attend. To know more about The Big 5 Construct Egypt, please visit www.thebig5constructegypt.com