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Italian Companies to exhibit advanced construction technologies, natural stones at Big 5 Global and Middle East Stone 2023

The Italian Trade Agency (ITA), Silver Sponsor of Big 5 Global 2023, in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Italian Consulate General in Dubai, announced the participation of Italy at the Big 5 Global and Middle East Stone, running from 4th to 7th December 2023. Featuring 99 national companies, this strategically designed pavilion, in alliance with key industry associations, spans two distinct areas: the Trade Centre Arena Hall at Big 5 Global, in collaboration with CASEITALY, showcasing 44 Italian exhibitors grouped by influential associations like FINCO, ACMI, ANFIT, ASSITES, and PILE, presenting the latest Italian solutions for building construction and maintenance. Simultaneously, at Middle East Stone in Sheikh Rashid Hall, in partnership with Confindustria Marmomacchine, the pavilion spotlights 55 Italian companies unveiling cutting-edge products and technologies for marble and natural stones. Italy proudly features almost 260 national companies, including the 99 showcased in t he Official Italian Pavilion. Italy further cements its standing as a key exporter to the UAE's construction and building materials sector, boasting a noteworthy pound 60 million in exports during the first semester of 2023. This achievement reflects a remarkable 98 percent increase in the building materials and natural stones sector, coupled with a substantial 29.89 percent growth in the construction technologies sector compared to the same period in 2022. This robust expansion serves as a testament to the outstanding quality of Italian products, bespoke solutions, and the renowned 'Made in Italy' design commitment. Italy's pivotal role in the green construction market significantly contributes to the ongoing success of its business partnerships with the UAE. Lorenzo Fanara, Ambassador of Italy to the UAE, said, 'I am proud to witness such a remarkable presence of Italian companies at the Big 5 Global and the Middle East Stone exhibitions. This platform provides a great opportunity not only to showcase in novation in building materials, natural stone, and technological advancements, but also to affirm Italy's strong commitment to environmental sustainability. The outstanding quality of Italian products, the ability to provide tailor-made solutions, and the iconic 'Made in Italy' design, are globally renowned.' Lorenzo Galanti, Director General of the Italian Trade Agency, stated, 'Italian manufacturers of building construction materials and natural stones have witnessed significant export growth to the Middle East, particularly the UAE. Italy's commitment to environmental sustainability is reflected in its booming green construction market, projected to reach US$187.4 billion by 2027 with an annual growth rate of 8.6 percent. Furthermore, Italy's exemplary position in the green construction market has played a pivotal role in fostering business ties with the UAE'. Mr. Galanti continued by explaining that 'Italy ranks ninth in the world in the Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Env ironmental Design, the most widely used green building rating system in the world) in 2022. 96 LEED projects were certified in Italy, representing more than 1.34 million gross square metres of space.' Source: Emirates News Agency

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