Big 5 Kuwait set for next edition

August 2014

IN VIEW of large-scale investments in the construction and infrastructure fields, The Big 5 Kuwait, the country’s largest building and construction exhibition, has announced the launch of its second edition, following a successful debut last year.

Kuwait’s construction sector has witnessed remarkable growth at a steady pace, driven by the announcement of several infrastructure projects in recent times. According to a recent report by Ventures Middle East, the construction contracts in the country are set to reach $17.5 billion by the end of 2014 from $9.8 billion in 2011. Among the major infrastructure projects under various stages of planning and construction are the $698.5 million Kuwait International Airport (KIA) re-development project and the $3.3 billion second terminal, the $7 billion Kuwait Metro project, and the $10 billion Kuwait National Rail Road System.

The Big 5, to be held from September 22 to 24 at the Kuwait International Fair, will showcase a comprehensive range of innovative products and cutting-edge technologies for the construction sector. In addition, it will feature a Live Demonstration Theatre to give  hands-on demonstrations of the new products along with other special events such as the FM Congress, certified workshops, networking round tables, and a How to Trade in Kuwait seminar. These free-to-attend special features have been designed with the Kuwait construction market in mind and ensure the continued professional development of its delegates.

Andy White, group event director, The Big 5, said, “The demand for fresh technology and new building material is on a steady rise in Kuwait, driven by a robust performance of the construction and infrastructure sector. The total cost of infrastructure and construction projects in 2014 will touch $23.2 billion. All this activity strongly supports the need for The Big 5 Kuwait, which is set to present the latest tools and equipment for the construction sector during its second edition. With a greater exhibition area on offer, we are confident that we will continue to provide industry professionals with an opportunity to source new and international products, a place to network and also an opportunity to continue their professional development through the series of free-to-attend educational features.”

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