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Omar Mohammed Salleh, Trade Commissioner of Malaysia to the UAE Image Credit: Supplied

With signs of optimism of a post-Covid world in the horizon, Malaysian companies are set to reconnect with construction industry players from around the Gulf region. Big 5 has always been a very important platform for Malaysian companies in the past to showcase our products and services.

Amidst the challenges posed by Covid-19, Malaysian companies continue to expand their market through physical participation in the Big 5 this year. In addition, Malaysia Trade Centre in Dubai will be hosting a virtual business matching session during the entire duration of the Big 5 show to connect UAE companies with a range of suppliers of building materials from Malaysia.

The building materials industry is a major component of Malaysia's construction industry and a strong precursor for the economic growth of the nation. With exports of building materials totalling $8.75 billion in 2020, Malaysian exporters have earned a reputation for producing quality materials.

Over the years Malaysia's building materials industry has evolved, and manufacturers are now expanding into the production of green materials, including eco-friendly insulation materials for roofing, flooring and walls, building materials from plantation bamboo and sustainably harvested timber and the manufacture of safety and energy saving glass, tiles, lighting and a host of other products.

“Big 5 offers the opportunity to showcase, get up to date with market requirement and network with the industry players. With global exhibitions back in Dubai, and all safety protocols being followed, we are excited to be part of this annual event, and to be able to reconnect with the regional construction community, which is a major contributor to the economic activity here,” says Omar Mohammed Salleh, Trade Commissioner of Malaysia to the UAE. He further adds that Malaysia Trade Centre has been assisting exporters and importers to leverage on digital channels to ensure that trade is sustained despite COVID-19.