October 6, 2022

The Big 5 and INDEX to return to Qatar in 2023

World-leading international exhibitions company dmg events has signed a strategic partnership with Qatar-based NeXTfairs to run The Big 5 Construct Qatar and INDEX Design Qatar in Doha in the third quarter of 2023.
Scheduled to take place from September 25 to 27, the events represent the latest move in dmg events regional portfolio expansion strategy. The return of these two internationally recognised dmg flagship events also marks the birth of a long-term alliance with local event organiser NeXTfairs.
The co-located Big 5 Construct Qatar and INDEX Design Qatar shows will connect essential suppliers and trade buyers committed to Qatar’s infrastructure development, and offer both a thought leadership knowledge platform and face-to-face business and networking opportunities.
“With the latest World Bank insights forecasting continued positive GDP growth of 4.9 per cent in 2023 amid Qatar’s ambitious ongoing Vision 2030 development plans, the time is right to accelerate opportunities for the regional construction and interiors industry by bringing back two of our most successful flagship brands to this dynamic market,” said Matt Denton, President, dmg events.
“Together with NeXTfairs, we are also paving the way for the launch of other industry critical events that will support Qatar’s pro-business tourism proposition and economic growth strategy.”
In its 2021 Qatar Construction Market – Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact & Forecast (2022-2027) report, Mordor Intelligence valued the market at US$55 million in 2021 with a forecasted value of US$76 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 10.54 per cent over the period. A total of US$16.4 billion will be invested into infrastructure and real estate projects by 2025 under Qatar National Vision 2030. In addition, the pending ratification of a new law regulating public-private partnerships is set to further accelerate sector opportunity.
Commenting on future event opportunities across a broad range of industry sectors, Rawad Sleem, Co-Founder and General Manager of NeXTfairs, said, “Exhibitions represent a major growth opportunity for Qatar: driving national economic development, contributing to trade and investment, innovation, and more. Our combined decades of market expertise, and initial two-show offering, will provide a firm foundation on which to accelerate stakeholder engagement and strengthen Doha’s appeal as a world-class events destination.”
A key industry calendar fixture for over 40 years, The Big 5 events are an unmatched platform for the global construction industry to secure new business across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Staged inDubai since 1991 and welcoming thousands of trade visitors annually, INDEX Dubai is the largest and most significant international interior and fit-out trade show in the MENA region, connecting the world’s leading brands and manufacturers with regional hospitality, residential, commercial, and retail buyers.