Participants from 15 countries and 250 companies, showcasing more than 1,000 products have laid the foundation for a successful start to the 14th edition of the Sultanate’s premier landmark building, construction and interior design exhibition – the BIG Show Oman 2017 (Builders International Gathering).
The four-day event, which is being hosted in Halls 2, 3, 4 and 5 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), began on March 13 (Monday) and concludes today (March 16).
The annual exhibition – which is organised by Oman Expo – was inaugurated by HE Mohsen bin Mohammed al Shaikh, chairman of the Muscat Municipality.
This year’s exhibition also sees exhibitors come from as far afield as Germany, China, Turkey, Iran and India. A dedicated Interior Design Oman pavillion was also introduced at this year’s show.
Products that are on display at the exhibition include the latest in interior fittings such as ceramic and marble items, doors and windows, kitchen and bathroom fittings, pumps and valves, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) technology, pool and spa, construction equipment and tools, steel, cement, concrete, elevators and escalators and woodworking machinery.
The BIG Show Oman also laid witness to the “Oman Sustainable Design Construction Conference”, which was addressed by local and international building, construction and design experts, and policymakers from various organisations and companies such as Omran, Al Mouj Muscat, GUtech, Daikin Middle East & Africa, Atkins and KEO International.
In an interview with local media, Holley Chant, the executive director of sustainability at KEO International, said: “Today, we will see how sustained design improves the construction industry, saves the environment and most importantly serves the environment.
“We will see it today in the forum and hope we can practise the measures presented.”
The speakers also discussed the incorporation of sustainable architecture, LEED accreditation and industry case studies in local projects such as Sandan City (Oman’s first light industry city), Al Mouj Muscat and Madinat al Irfan.