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Two Emirates, two major shows. facilities management Middle East takes a look at Working Buildings Middle East and The Big 5.
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Artist’s impression of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.
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Tue 20 Nov 2007 04:00 AM

Two Emirates, two major shows. facilities management Middle East takes a look at Working Buildings Middle East and The Big 5.

Working Buildings Middle East

As Abu Dhabi strives to achieve a shining spotlight of its own, a new show hits the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Welcome, Working Buildings Middle East.

Although it is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi does not yet share a ‘capital' status like London, New York or Sydney. Why?

While it started reaping the benefits of its oil discovery in the 1960s, its neighbour, Dubai, realised the oil would soon run out and started plotting a plan to help sustain its economy.

The spotlight on Dubai was born and its plan to create the number one tourist destination in the world began.

Dubai has enjoyed and taken advantage of the extensive media coverage, positive and negative, it has been given over the years. Abu Dhabi on the other hand, chose to take a back seat enabling it to watch Dubai's highs and lows and learn from its mistakes. Until now.

The recent revelation of the Emirate's ‘2030 master plan' and extensive developments like Al Raha Beach and Saadiyat Island, will raise Abu Dhabi's profile and ensure the forward-thinking Emirate is recognised in the marketplace as the UAE's capital.

Working Buildings Middle East sets to mature alongside Abu Dhabi's estimated US $150bn developments, complementing it's growth and providing a platform to all those involved in the built environment.

From facilities managers to fire protection and security buyers, contractors to CEOs, real estate managers to architects and designers to developers.

It will showcase the latest products, services and best practice that will help keep a building operating efficiently through its life cycle.

Organiser of the exhibition, CMPi, proved they are committed to the helping the industry grow by securing Front & Sullivan to produce an up to date FM market report. The findings will be used as the backbone of the exhibition's first conference programme to take place on 10 December alongside the exhibition.

The 4 zones

FM & Property Management Middle East

Facilities management solutions including total FM and outsourced services

Property IT Middle East

Software solutions for facilities and property management

Building Protection Middle East

Fire protection and security systems, products and services for both workplace and residential properties

Building Services & Systems

The mechanical and electrical (M&E) infrastructure, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), building management systems and energy management

Other areas include:Health & safety, fit-out and catering


Working Buildings Middle East

Time:Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 December 2007

10:00 - 19:00 every day

Place:ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre)

One to watch:Identifying the best outsourcing model: deliver exceptional results, cut costs and boost productivity - Mike Cairney, director, EC Harris International.

The Big 5

The countdown begins. With three weeks to go until the biggest Middle East construction exhibition starts, the construction industry is gearing up for Big 5's largest show yet.

Around 2700 firms will exhibit at this year's Big 5, with an increased international participation.

Again, the show is split into its original seven sections with a new addition making its debut appearance - PMV (plant, machinery and vehicles).

Building and construction

This is the largest event for suppliers of systems, components, materials, fittings and services. As the GCC's building sector continues to boom, supply and demand keep fluctuating.

The building and construction section represents the largest part of the show.

Water technology and the environment

The UAE alone will spend over US $7bn on keeping its water resources during the next 25 years.

With this and the need for desalination in mind, it's vital that the most advanced technologies and systems are available to the market.

This specialist section to a platform for showcasing all the above.

Air conditioning and refrigeration

The region would not be the tourist and business hub it is today if it hadn't invested in air conditioning (AC), ventilation and refrigeration.

The hot and humid climate ensures these three areas are constantly on the go throughout the year. Replacement and maintenance are crucial and therefore, it's imperative the region has the most efficient and long-lasting equipment available to chose from.

Cleaning and maintenance

The desert dirt and humid climates gives the cleaning and maintenance industries all year round work.

From high-rise towers to hospitals, companies will be on hand to discuss their capabilities in these fast growing sectors.

The Big 5

Time:Sunday 25 - Thursday 29 November

11:00 - 20:00 every day

Place:Dubai Exhibition and Conference Centre

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