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In pictures: The Big 5 Middle East's leading international building and construction show kicks off in Dubai

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry of the UAE, inaugurated the 39th edition of the exhibition, which is being held on 26-29 November, 2018, in the city.

In pictures: The Big 5 Middle East's leading international building and construction show kicks off in Dubai
Over 2,500 global exhibiting companies and more than 30 official country pavilions display the latest building solutions and innovative products at the event.
In pictures: The Big 5 Middle East's leading international building and construction show kicks off in Dubai
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially inaugurated the 39th edition of The Big 5 International Building and Construction Show, which will run until November 29 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
In pictures: The Big 5 Middle East's leading international building and construction show kicks off in Dubai
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates opens The Big 5 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
In pictures: The Big 5 Middle East's leading international building and construction show kicks off in Dubai
Five exhibitions make up The Big 5 2018 show, including HVAC R Expo, dedicated to the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigerating industries; The Big 5 Solar, dedicated to solar systems for construction; Urban Design and Landscaping Expo; The Big 5 Heavy, dedicated to infrastructure and heavy construction technologies; and Middle East Concrete.
In pictures: The Big 5 Middle East's leading international building and construction show kicks off in Dubai
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates opens The Big 5 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
In pictures: The Big 5 Middle East's leading international building and construction show kicks off in Dubai
The Big 5's intelligence partner, BNC Network, over 23,000 construction projects are currently active in the GCC, and worth more than USD 2.3 trillion.
In pictures: The Big 5 Middle East's leading international building and construction show kicks off in Dubai
The urban construction sector has the highest number of projects (18,000), with the most significant segment coming from residential, commercial and hospitality developments. With the sector having expanded by 4% in terms of value and 15% in terms of total active projects in the first half of 2018, the outlook for the GCC construction industry remains positive.
In pictures: The Big 5 Middle East's leading international building and construction show kicks off in Dubai
The broad international participation, which is expected to cater to the needs of the regional construction industry, demonstrates a growing interest in the expanding GCC market.