The Big 5 2013 opened its doors to 2,742 exhibitors from 57 countries with 74,474 participants attending the show. Over 148 educational events were held during the four day event including the Sustainable Design and Construction Conference, workshops, seminars and more..
Backed by vast oil based reserves and government stimulus packages, the market prospects in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries remain positive. Governments are looking to develop a balanced and diversified economic base by investing in a steady stream of construction and infrastructure projects and moving away from traditional reliance on oil and gas revenues.
With US$2.87 trillion of projects currently in the planning or construction phase, the Middle East region offers unlimited business opportunities, with the Gulf countries representing the most active markets.