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Dubai professionals boost engagement on how to deliver successful facilities management


                      

Dubai,December 10 2018-Considering the significant role of facilities management (FM) in the sustainability of the built environment, the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) recently held a workshop and networking event on ‘Success Factors in the Facility Management Industry Growth’ at the Dubai Chamber, aimed at enhancing the sector’s global competitiveness and strengthening local management in line with the highest international standards.

The hosting of the workshop and the communication forum is highly significant considering that facilities management is one of the key drivers in the built environment sector’s performance at various levels. In line with this, the event highlighted the key elements for the success of the FM sector in the region, keeping pace with the growth of the construction sector.

The event, sponsored by Drees & Sommer, discussed the key elements that make a successful delivery of FM services. It also tackled the need for FM companies to embrace creativity and work on adopting innovative methods while emphasizing the importance of FM companies’ support as well to their clients. Furthermore, the ways in which FM companies can align their strategies and service deliveries to suit their clients’ strategies and requirements were discussed. The creation of long-term relationships between service providers and stakeholders, including owners and suppliers formed part of the discussions as well.

Jamal Lootah, President, MEFMA, said: “The Middle East Facilities Management Association is constantly working to provide the industry with the platform and expertise to advance the sector and ensure excellence in FM services on par with international standards. Through the workshops and networking activities, we hope to embed a management culture that promotes efficiency and global competitiveness within the industry to enable them to meet the increasing needs of asset managers and property owners in the sustainable management of their properties.”

Ali AlSuwaidi, Vice President, added: “The workshop was an ideal platform to discuss all aspects of facility management, where valuable discussions were held by the participants. We strongly believe that the workshop has achieved its objective by successfully presenting the major aspects of facilities management that need stronger focus to achieve further improvement in the performance of buildings, and thereby contribute to sustainable efforts of the built environment sector.”

Peter Prischl, Managing Director of Drees & Sommer International, led the workshop and Ali AlSuwaidi moderated the panel discussion with the participation of FM leaders in the UAE, including Ali Hassan Harmoodi, General Manager, Etisalat FM; Mohammad Abdul Karim Khamis, General Manager, Emirates FM; and Peter Prischl; and Suhas Inamdar, Head of Technical Support & Planning at Wasl Properties.

MEFMA’s workshops and networking events are part of a continuing initiative by the non-profit association to provide FM professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders and owner associations in the region with a dedicated platform to advance local industry standards and adopt leading international trends and practices.

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How Ramadan helps in building a strong bond in a community

 

When we think of Ramadan, what pops into our mind or visit our thoughts are spirituality, and most importantly this is the time of giving, particularly to charities and organisations that support and aid poor down and out and homeless people. Not only is this Holy month of Ramadan considered as the month of helping the poor but also to revive friendships, build community bonds and receive gifts and wishes from your loved ones.

On that beautiful note, a few days before, I was invited to my friend’s house for an iftar get-together and after meeting her and partaking in their tradition, I realised the significance of Ramadan and how this holy month transforms individuals and its community into a sacred one…

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Top 10 insights on why it is important to buy a home in Dubai?

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Why should you buy a home in Dubai, and before I begin to elucidate the top insights about the market, it reminds me of a small story, Last week my friend Sheba and I were sitting on my balcony and chatting. Sheba was winding up and going back to India and she felt that she could’ve bought a home here that could give her rental returns even if she got back to her heritage, and wanted to live there. Sheba’s story stimulated me too and I was wondering whether to buy a home in Dubai and here a few facts to ponder over:

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It’s a buyer’s market

  • Although it’s a buyer’s market right now, the rental market is very competitive. In spite of the fact that it is saturated with supply and new projects to be handed over. The current regulations help in controlling the supply further.
  • Most of the realtors feel that it is encouraging to see heavy transactions in Q4 2017 and that is a good sign so far.
  • For that matter, any property investment is long term and if you wait for a long-term, you are definitely going to yield returns and the best returns are in Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai International City, Dubai Sports City, Dubai Investment Park and Al Furjan

Renter’s market

  • Since it’s a renters market, it is also ideal to invest in prime locations now such as Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai Marina, and Jumeirah Beach Residence

 Dubai land prices up by 2.7 %

  • The prices are reasonable, especially in Dubai land where the apartment prices are actually up by 2.7 % from a year ago, In addition to Dubailand, Dubai Sports city continues to do well too as several projects are getting completed there.

So Dubai market is all about yield and capital returns whereas in other markets, Hong Kong, London, New York, it’s all about capital appreciation. If you look at net yields in Dubai, you can get 5-10%, implying a payback period of 10-20 years.

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World Green Economy Summit 2018 to kick off in October amid growing adoption of new technologies

The fifth edition to focus on green capital, digital transformation & leadership and social engagement

 Dubai, UAE, 21 May 2018: The annual World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2018) will be organised in Dubai to tackle global issues and important strategies, including the digital age and its impact on building a ‘green’ and sustainable future growth across industries. This was announced today by the organising committee of the fifth World Green Economy Summit ‘WGES 2018’.

WGES is set to take place from October 24th to 25th under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The summit is organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) in collaboration with international partners under the theme ‘Driving Innovation, Leading Change’.

WGES 2018 will focus on three main pillars, green capital, digital transformation, and leadership and social engagement. The event will gather financial executives, investment professionals, and thought leaders to discuss ways to increase green capital flows into regional and global environment-friendly projects and how to de-risk those investments.

WGES 2018 will also focus on developing the digital economy and integrating it with the green economy. The summit will discuss the latest smart technologies and digital breakthroughs that promise to accelerate green growth and sustainable development.

On leadership and social engagement, the event will examine the ongoing shift to a green economy – a phenomenon that many fears may lead to human insecurity and inequalities, job losses, and social deficits. Participating leaders and supporters of green innovation initiatives are expected to exchange knowledge and best practices to address the economic and social impact of these programmes.

“Holding WGES 2018 comes in line with the far-sighted vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to enhance sustainable development in the UAE as well as reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global capital of green economy. The summit also forms a vital aspect of the UAE Centennial 2071 for the UAE to become the best country in the world in 2071;the UAE Vision 2021; the Dubai Plan 2021 and our continuous efforts to achieve the goals of Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that aims to provide 7 per cent of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050, not to mention the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that aims to achieve a competitive national economy based on knowledge, innovation and futuristic applications by integrating physical, digital and vital technologies,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, and Chairman of WGES.

H.E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD&CEO – DEWA

“New and advanced technologies are the key to a successful and genuine digital transformation and green economic growth. It is important therefore that all of us in the green economy to formulate major policies and frameworks encouraging relevant technological developments that will benefit society as a whole. Focusing on three main pillars, DEWA and WGEO are organising WGES 2018 to strengthen Dubai’s leading position as a global model for clean energy and green economy by using the disruptive technologies of the 4th industrial revolution, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), UAVs, energy storage, blockchain, the Internet of Things and many more,” added Al Tayer.

Abdul Rahim Sultan, Director of WGEO, added: “The Summit will be crucial to promoting the widespread acceptance and increased importance of the green economy in the context of sustainable development. We are confident that the inputs from this year’s WGES will contribute to promote implementation of green economy policies at all levels, in a manner that endeavours to drive sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth through providing us an interactive platform where we can share relevant best industry practices and latest innovations.”

The UAE is the first in the Arab world and the region as per the index of realising global green economy and it is at the forefront of the green transformation and renewable energy. In this regard, Dubai has launched Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer model. Supporting the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, this ambitious project aims to transform Dubai into an international hub for clean and renewable energy.

Comment of Mr. Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) following Earth Day Celebrations in the UAE

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“The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has always been at the forefront to educate citizens across the country to practice and support sustainable initiatives, and the Earth Day activities this year were a testament of the country’s commitment to its efforts.

It was inspiring to witness the contributions made by the public and private sector on this important occasion, and some of the contributions can also be termed as best practices, which will serve as a benchmark for countries around the world.

The launch of sustainable initiatives, contributions and several other activities indicate the UAE’s determination to live life in better harmony with nature. This is not only commendable but also evidence of the future-focused vision of the UAE’s leadership to improve the community’s awareness that will safeguard the environment and educate the public.

Once again, the UAE has shown the power of collaboration, with the private and public sector working together to adopt sustainable and lasting solutions to address the challenges of tomorrow. It is indeed inspiring to see the collective efforts of the UAE come together to help reduce the impact of climate change.

As we all know, Earth Day is a global celebration of solidarity for the planet, and given the fragile state of our planet I’d say, we make every day Earth Day. From here on out, we need to shake off the apathy and embrace sustainable habits that help reduce waste and make the Earth greener. Let us all strive to create awareness and implement actions which will not only reduce the negative impact on the environment, but also underline the important role community members can play to reduce carbon footprint and conserve energy.

Just like small drops make an ocean, small individual efforts when taken together can create a huge impact for the planet. So, let’s all pledge to continue our sustainable efforts and make the Earth a cleaner and greener place.

Zulekha Hospital cordially invites you to attend the announcement of the World Labor Day initiative conducted by Sharjah Health Authority.

 As a member of the initiative, Zulekha Hospital will provide quality medical treatments at discounted rates to the Authority’s beneficiaries. This includes Sharjah Government employees, their dependents and retirees covered under insurance, elderly residents in the Emirate of Sharjah not holding insurance coverage and additionally UAE nationals based in the Emirate of Sharjah.

 The event will be attended by senior officials from Sharjah Police Headquarters, Sharjah Health Authority, Sharjah Municipality,  Bee’ah, Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority

 Date: Monday, 23rd April ‘18

  Timing: 10.00 am to 11.00 am

                         Venue: The Chamber of Commerce, Sharjah

Falconcity of Wonders fosters knowledge exchange in first Arab Land Conference as key to addressing sustainable land use  

Developer supports pioneering regional platform as Platinum Sponsor

 February 26, 2018

As part of its commitment to sustainable land use development in the Arab region, Falconcity of Wonders LLC, the developer of the Falconcity of Wonders (FCW) multipurpose mega project currently being built in Dubai, has provided support as the Platinum Sponsor, for the Arab Land Conference, being held for the first time under the patronage of the Dubai Government and the Arab League. The event is serving as a strategic platform for discussing the latest research and innovation in land governance and other regional experiences in partnership with the World Bank, Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, and the Arab Union of Surveyors.

The conference saw the participation of ministers and other top-level government officials across the region, land experts, the academe, businesses, international organizations, aid agencies and civil society representatives.

H.E. Salem Ahmad Almoosa, Chairman and General Manager of Falconcity of Wonders LLC, was also presented with an award in appreciation of the strategic role as Platinum Sponsor of the first Arab Land Conference.

Commenting on the conference, H.E. Salem Ahmad Almoosa, Chairman and General Manager of Falconcity of Wonders LLC, said: “Dubai’s hosting of the first Arab Land Conference is a landmark event and a timely initiative which highlighted the trends in land use and regulations in the region. Falconcity of Wonders fully supports such activities and we are positive that our participation helped in facilitating the exchange of knowledge amongImage (15).jpg stakeholders and further contribute towards meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We find it a valuable endeavour to support such events that contribute to social and economic development, particularly in real estate development in the Arab region. We are thankful for this opportunity and we remain supportive of such activities in every feasible way.”