By: Editor In Chief
Sun 11 January,2015

40 French companies will be exhibiting from 17 to 20 November 2014

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United Arab Emirates; November 2014 – 40 French companies will be exhibiting from 17 to 20 November 2014, in the Pavilion organised by UBIFRANCE (the French agency for International Business Development) at the Big 5 of Dubai. A key event for gaining access to the markets of the Middle East, this annual show attracted 74,854 visitors from 124 countries and 2,747 exhibitors in 2013: figures that mark a return to optimism and which auger well for the 2014 edition.

The Middle East region is of vital importance for building and construction companies. Investment in new construction is estimated at 130 billion euros in Saudi Arabia and annual growth in the sector is running at 20 % in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Chosen to organise the next World Expo in 2020, Dubai is currently experiencing strong recovery in the private property sector. These are important factors that strengthen the appeal of this market worth billions of Dollars.


France, for its part enjoys a reputation for reliability and quality. With a very fragmented structure of close to 340,000 companies and a turnover of 130 billion euros, the building and finishing trade is very diversified. In the Gulf, French companies mainly focus on the markets of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Since the first edition, France is present on the show and even more so this year, over one third of the exhibitors will be appearing for the first time at Big 5 and Middle East Concrete, proof that interest remains high.

For a number of years, French firms have been working to strengthen their presence within the area either by positioning themselves on major projects or by distributing products on the market that constantly incorporate new technologies. The French building sector is distinguished by the diversity and the quality and design of its products: innovative materials in the areas of smart buildings, home automation, sustainable and ecological buildings, energy efficiency and timber construction.

Come and meet them at the show:

This year, France will once again have 2 separate pavilions in the Dubai World Trade Centre:
BIG 5 : Hall 1 – Stand 1C34
Middle East Concrete : Sheikh Saeed Hall – Stands F81 to G86

Two very interesting companies are showcasing their new products and solutions to the Big Five 2014:

Visit our stand at BIG 5 n°3E157 in Hall 3

For many years, ATLANTIC has been building a significant presence in the Gulf Region, and has been adapting its commercial and production policy accordingly. The French leading multi energy solution provider in Europe strengthens its position of leader at BIG 5 Dubai with a global solar solution responding to the specific needs of EMEA Region.

A wide solar DHW offer:

BIG 5 is hosting the commercial launch of ATLANTIC new mixed renewable energies water heater offer as part of its wide portfolio of global solutions for both domestic and commercial applications.
With an average of 4% of its turnover allocated to R&D, Atlantic focuses on the production of more efficient renewable energies solutions. This constant effort results of a wide and complete offer of domestic and commercial application solutions. 

To further complete its portfolio, Atlantic invested in 2013 in a new state-of-the-art production line for point of use water heaters, and is now launching at the Big 5 the new ONDEO range of small capacity compact square water heater from 10 to 30L.
Additionally to these launches, ATLANTIC presents at the Big 5 its solar solutions Solerio Select and Corsun for both domestic and commercial applications from 150 to 2000L. 

With this new offer, Atlantic will be displaying at the Big 5 a wide portfolio adapted to all the specific needs of the region both in terms of capacity and energy source. All Atlantic DHW tanks benefit from the brand’s experience of more than 35 years in tanks enamelling and anti-corrosion technologies.



Atlantic is a brand of GROUPE ATLANTIC. Founded in 1968, the group is a major international manufacturer in multi-energy domestic comfort with leading positions in electric heating and electric Domestic Hot Water tanks. 

The Group controls more than 60% of the French DHW market – the biggest market for electrical domestic comfort products worldwide. The company has grown in size; it employs today 4400 people and generates an annual turnover of €950 million.

References of 2013

ATLANTIC can boast prestigious references in the Region such as:
• Damas Tower – Dubai
• City Season Hotel – Abu Dhabi
• Jumeirah Village Circle – Dubai
• Ghayathi Project – Abu Dhabi
• St. Regis Hotel – Qatar
• Hydra Village – Abu Dhabi
• Danet Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi
• NBAD Building – Abu Dhabi
• And much more…

PRESTO: water-saving taps and fittings for all public sanitary facilities. 

Visit our stand in the Hall 1 – booth G30 (French Pavilion)

PRESTO, a French, family-owned company, has been designing, manufacturing and marketing taps and fittings for all types of public sanitary facilities for 3 generations. It will be presenting its latest products at the Big 5 Show from 17 to 20 November 2014.

Presto® 1000XL DVA, a dual volume direct flush valve which allows a water saving of up to 90 % compared to a conventional flush, thanks to its two separately adjustable water volumes. Its clean-cut, contemporary design is not only hygienic and practical, but also safe and efficient: water is always available and the two flow rates (high and low) are constant regardless of water pressure variations (between 1 and 4 bar).

The second flagship product is the Alpa® timed flow shower mixer tap with waterproof concealed box. Its smooth, rounded shape allows it to stylishly fit into any environment. The new box can be built-in to any type of support: load bearing wall, dry partition, front-mounted, rear-mounted or recessed. Its pre-set flow time of 30 seconds (-10/+5 sec.) and its 6 litre per minute flow rate allow a water saving of up to 60 %. Its smooth, 180° rotating control knob incorporates markings for precise temperature selection. The temperature limiting stop prevents any risk of scalding.

Finally, within its range of sensor-activated time flow taps, PRESTO will be presenting the SO’O® wash-basin mixer tap. Simply by detecting the hands, it delivers exactly the right amount of water without touching the tap, for a totally hygienic solution. It is equipped with an anti-overflow safety system which is activated in the event that the sensor becomes obstructed, as well as an anti-scalding safety system which limits the mixed water temperature to the desired value.

A pioneer in the history of French tapware, PRESTO has always pursued a dynamic R&D policy aimed at better controlling water and energy consumption. Today still, it continues to receive prizes for innovation, its products offer concrete solutions that comply with the health and safety standards.
Present in over 80 countries on all continents, PRESTO is currently finalising the forthcoming opening of its subsidiary in Dubai. Exhibiting at the Big 5 in Dubai will provide the opportunity to meet its prospective customers in the region and to promote its new products.

For further information :

Jean-François LEBORGNE

Project manager UBIFRANCE

Tél. : +33 46 

E-mail :

Press :

Miryem Oukas

Mobile: +971 55 478 3215

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