Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Greek Participation at Big 5 Show Dubai 2021


Greek Participation at Big 5 Show Dubai 2021

Athens, 16 September 2021 | With a dynamic presence of 30 Greek enterprises and the impeccable organization of our national participation by Enterprise Greece, the international exhibition "BIG 5 SHOW DUBAI" which was held in Dubai, from 12-15 September, was successfully completed.

It was the 20th consecutive year that Enterprise Greece undertook the organization of the national delegation with a stand of 1,100 sq.m., in the largest and most important trade show of the Building and Construction materials industry in the Middle East. In a separate space that hosted StartUp City, 5 additional startup companies participated, while 12 more Greek enterprises have participated through the online "BIG 5", which will run until November 17, 2021 .

It is worth noting that due to its geographical location, "BIG 5 SHOW DUBAI", attracts commercial visitors not only from the region of the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East, but also from neighboring countries, most importantly that of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, India and Sub-Saharan and North Africa. The companies that participated in the exhibition, presented marble products, aluminum products and systems, insulation - chemical materials, paints, solar systems, metal structures, construction technology, etc.

At the same time, the following exhibitions were also organized: "URBAN DESIGN & LANDSCAPING EXPO" – regarding urban design and outdoor architecture, "MIDDLE EAST STONE" – regarding marble and tiles, regarding "HVAC-R" - cooling / heating, "SOLAR" – regarding solar products "BIG 5 HEAVY" - regarding machinery and "TECHNOLOGIES + INNOVATION" – regarding technology.

According to the data provided by the organizing company “DMG events”, the exhibition was attended by more than 1.100 enterprises from all sectors of construction materials and building sector from a total of 50 countries. The exhibition area covered more than 45,000 square meters, while trade visitors amounted to 35.0000, from the Gulf countries. Its inauguration was made by H. H. and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The Ambassador of Greece to the UAE Mr. Dionyssios Zois, visited the Greek pavilion with the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Greek Embassy, in Abu Dhabi Mr. P. Gassios, and Ms. Ch. Leventi and Mr. D. Thomopoulos (Hellenic Trade Center in Dubai) . They had the opportunity to discuss with representatives of Greek enterprises and inform them about the market of the Emirates, the trends, and the prospects to expand in the broader region.

The Executive Director and Member of the BoD of Enterprise Greece, Ms. Betty Alexandropoulou, noted: " It is important to point out that an essential part of our mission in Enterprise Greece is not only to provide companies with the opportunity to participate in global trade fairs such as the Big5, but also to guide them through all the necessary steps before, during and after their participation in such events so that they can take full advantage of them and ultimately increase their exports. In this sense, we organize preparatory events before such important exhibitions and take full advantage of their online digital platforms for those companies that cannot attend in the live event. We also invest in group marketing activities that further promote Greek exhibitors and create an integrated Greek branding. A dynamic presence at trade fairs is an important priority for Enterprise Greece, especially for sectors such as the Building and Construction industry, which is one of the largest export sectors of the Greek economy. ".

At his statements, Ambassador Dionyssios Zois stressed the following: "I would like to congratulate Enterprise Greece for the outstanding organization of the Greek Pavilion, which gathered praises from all the exhibitors. I had the honor to welcome to the Greek Pavilion H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who inaugurated the Exhibition and to meet with all the Greek exhibitors. I was particularly impressed that, in addition to the high quality of their products, most companies are familiar with the region and have already formed strong partnerships not only in the country but in the broader region as well.
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the interest shown by enterprises that participated for the first time was high as well as their expectations, due to the top quality of their products. The Greek Embassy, the Commercial Office in Dubai and the Commercial Consultant in Abu Dhabi, always remain at the disposal of Greek businessmen”.

Within the StartUp City section, the Director of Small and Medium Enterprises of Enterprise Greece, Mr. Antonis Gravanis, participated in a panel where the opportunities and possibilities for developing collaborations between start-ups in the industry were discussed.