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Curtain falls on the first Big Five Expo

A major three-day construction expo, The Big Five, concluded at the Kuwait International Fairground (KIFG) in Mishref, yesterday.

The show was unveiled on 16th September by the Minister of Electricity and Water and Minister of Public Works, Abdulaziz Al-Ibrahim, and involved participation of about 300 local and international firms.

The annual exhibition has been around since the 1980s in the Middle East, and mostly happens in Dubai or Jeddah. This year, given the expanding construction sector and huge developments happening in the country, The Big Five was held in Kuwait for the first time.

‘The Big Five Kuwait’ was a sell-out venture, with more than 260 exhibitors from 25 nations and 12 national pavilions. The visitors were not least disappointed, as they got to view hundreds of new products and companies, who exhibited in Kuwait for the first time.

There were marble stones and heavy machinery, ventilation and air-conditioning, small pipes and screws, and everything that visitors wanted to view and order, under a single roof.

Kuwait has completed this event successfully, and is hoped to feature more development projects over the coming days and months. Several companies have eagerly showcased their products and services, said Al-Ibrahim.

Organized by dmg events with KFIG, the event is supported by Kuwait Industries Union and held under the patronage of Minister Anas Khalid Al-Saleh, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Along with the three-day event, seminars and workshops were held and spearheaded by experts in various construction fields. The event witnessed product launches, new technologies, launch of Sustainable Design and Construction Conference, a certified LEED training workshop, and an ‘How to Trade in Kuwait’ seminar meant for international companies to learn to enter Kuwaiti market and opportunities to network with professionals from across the globe.

The LEED workshop combined theory with practical application, showing participants ways in which they can incorporate LEED strategies into their own business.

The Big 5 Kuwait hosted international exhibitors from countries like Australia, Spain, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, and UAE, apart from Kuwait.

For details, visit www.big5kuwait.com.

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