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Inaugural Dubai awards showcase innovators in the Middle East’s construction industry

Inaugural Dubai awards showcase innovators in the Middle East's construction industry
Inaugural Dubai awards showcase innovators in the Middle East’s construction industry

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 13 September 2021: dmg events, organisers of the inaugural The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards, announced the winners of 15 categories last night during a glittering awards ceremony held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The awards, a platform to recognise sustainable development, technological, and digital achievements in the construction industry, were judged by an independent panel of experts and thought leaders from the industry.

They assessed hundreds of submissions and highlighted the winners who have shown innovation and project excellence through their success stories.

China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East LLC (CSCEC) and ACCIONA took home multiple awards on the night. Other winners included HAS Engineering LLC, The Arab Contractors Company, AECOM, Turner & Townsend, OBMI, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Expomobilia, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Authorities, Emaar, B3G Engineering Services FZ-LLC, and Alpin Limited.

Koen Meert, Group Director Structural Design, Emaar received the award on behalf of Dubai Municipality, Dubai Authorities, and Emaar, he said: “Its great recognition to receive this award at The Big 5, the biggest organisation in terms of construction.”

The Sustainable Initiative of the Year award was given for revised structural design guidelines for the Emirates, which seeks to drive down the consumption of material having a massive impact on sustainability.

“Sustainability is such an important topic. We are therefore happy to be able to achieve this with the authorities as a joint effort for Dubai and the construction industry in general.

The guideline submitted is now applicable for the whole industry, and every new building constructed in 2021 and later will be following it,” added Meert.

Yu Tao, President & CEO of CSCEC said: “Over the years The Big 5 keeps improving, it’s the first year for the award and it’s not an easy award.

We have gone through six months with submission and verification and have won against very fierce competition – The Big 5 is keeping a very high quality with this award.”

Now in its 42nd edition, The Big 5 is free to attend and continues at the Dubai World Trade Centre until 15 September. Online access is available at for visitors unable to travel.

Winners and categories

Best Use of Technology of the Year: HAS Engineering LLC

Community of the Future: The Arab Contractors Company

Digital Transformation of the Year: AECOM

Digital Twin Project of the Year: China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East LLC.

Digitalisation Project of the Year: China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East LLC.

Innovative Construction Organisation of the Year: ACCIONA

Off-site Project of the Year: China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East LLC.

Partnership of the Year: Turner & Townsend

Sustainability Champion of the Year: OBMI

Sustainability Leader of the Year: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Sustainable Construction Organisation of the Year: ACCIONA

Sustainable Construction Project of the Year: Expomobilia

Sustainable Initiative of the Year: Dubai Municipality, Dubai Authorities, Emaar

Technology Leader of the Year: B3G Engineering Services FZ-LLC

Workforce of the Future Initiative: Alpin Limited


12-15 September 2021, Dubai World Trade Centre

The Big 5 is the construction event providing leading-edge innovation, knowledge, and business opportunities for industry players around the world to connect, grow, and succeed.

Taking place annually in Dubai since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of emerging markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions.

The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle; not only does it showcase products across dedicated sectors, it also runs alongside nine specialised events enabling industry professionals to source building solutions from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, the Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo.

The event includes high-level summits, practical seminars, CPD-certified workshops, and The Big 5 Impact Awards to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors.

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: dmg events

dmg events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.

We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business through face-to-face events.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year.

The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events. For more information visit

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