The spotlight will be on eco-friendly products at The Big 5 Dubai 2013
The 2013 edition of the Big 5 exhibition, scheduled to take place from November 25- 28 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE, will have two halls dedicated to the building interiors sector, according to the show organisers, dmg::events.
Commenting on the growing importance of building interiors to the construction sector, a spokesperson for the organisers says “Major plaudits for the global construction industry are widely reserved for building architects and arguably this should be the case. As while it is undeniable that such super-structures as Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque would not exist without the skills of the construction and engineering teams involved, ultimately such projects are the direct result of an architect’s vision.
“The influence of architects has gained particular prominence in the Middle East over the past decade as cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi have developed. The variety and quality of many buildings included in the cities’ landscapes are renowned worldwide,” he said.
“And of equally high standing in the region’s construction industry are interior designers. With building owners seeking high quality finishing in line with the exterior architecture, the interior designer’s role has become vital. Building owners and users expect a high level of interior design, seeing it as an extension of the firm’s image. The quality and mix of materials selected for floor, wall and ceiling finishes are crucial to ensuring the client’s image is achieved; even areas like bathrooms and kitchens are of prime importance.”
But as with all trades involved in construction, architects and interior designers are facing increasing challenges including budgets, regulations and product availability. In this post-recession period, project costs are being even more closely scrutinised so products must be carefully selected. However, this does not mean simply specifying the cheapest product for a task; while insisting on stricter budgetary control, clients still expect a high-quality finished building.
He further said: “There is also a strong desire from clients to be different, whether in the aesthetics or technology used. Manufacturers are continually updating their products to meet changing market demands, regulations and according to materials availability, so it is essential for professionals to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. One of the most time-efficient and effective ways of doing this is by visiting a trade exhibition.
Quality finishes: A wide range of
surface materials will be showcased
“And such is the importance of building interiors to the construction sector that The Big 5 2013 will include two halls dedicated entirely to this product sector.”
With all major suppliers under one roof, the specification process is greatly simplified. The addition of live product demonstrations and technology showcases offer attendees a huge opportunity to ensure that the products they view will be truly suitable for their projects. A wide range of surface materials will be showcased, ranging from tiles to metal and wood, and more with many firms demonstrating new products.
Abu Dhabi-based Porcellan will be exhibiting porcelain tiles that are produced using the latest digital inkjet technology and environmentally friendly low voc (volatile organic compound) coatings. Its stand will include new and existing collections that mix antique, traditional and modern designs.
Alcobond Manufacturing will showcase its Alcobond and Alcofort aluminium composite panels for uses including external and internal wall cladding, partitions and counter-tops. The fire-rated panels have a durable surface coating that is resistant to temperature and weather extremes such as sandstorms, minimising maintenance and ensuring long life. A zero-wastage production process further increases the sustainable credentials of the products.
Further eco-friendly products will be offered by Sharjah-based Glaze Granite and Marble Trading. Specialising in the supply of fully natural stone products for areas such as walls, floors and architectural features, the products have uniform thicknesses, a controlled variation in colours and can be easily maintained, are long-wearing and recyclable.
To register for free entry visit www.thebig5.ae/reg, details about exhibiting are available at http://www.thebig5.ae/mei2.