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Workshop organized by MEFMA

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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Middle East Facilities Management Association set to hold 6th edition of Confex

 Outlook for sector remains positive with UAE expecting 8.5 per cent CAGR in five years

 March 5, 2017 The Middle East Facilities Management Association (MEFMA), the region’s leading platform for FM professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders and owner associations, has announced that it will hold its 6th edition of the Annual MEFMA Confex at the Address Hotel Dubai Marina, UAE, on March 13 and 14, 2017. This year’s edition will explore the multifaceted facilities management (FM) industry with a key focus on the people connecting each aspect of the sector.

 

Based on recent industry reports, the global outsourced FM industry is expected to be worth USD 1 trillion by 2025–with integrated services to have a fair share of 35 percent of the sector’s revenue by then. With these projections, the local FM segment is expected to have positioned itself as being at par with international standards and be recognised as a competitive player in the international market, which complements the UAE’s bid to become among the best countries providing world-class services in every aspect.

 

Two workshops on ‘Successful Implementation of Stakeholder Management in FM’ and ‘Career Development – Surviving and Thriving in the FM World’ will be held on the opening of the three-day event. The second day will feature panel discussions and several sessions on key themes and issues affecting the FM industry, particularly stakeholder management in FM, innovation and technology in FM, creating synergy through TFM, leadership in FM, and FM with the Owners Association Industry. High-profile speakers and panellists from major regional firms such as Emaar, Meraas, Initial Saudi, Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu, and CREDO, among others, are lined up.

 

There will also be a small exhibition showcasing the latest FM solutions and services on the sidelines of the event.

 

Jamal Abdulla Lootah, President of MEFMA, CEO of Imdaad said: “The regional FM industry remains robust following mega projects that continue to come up across various sectors. There is very high expectation in countries like the UAE where the compounded annual growth rate is seen to remain steady at around 8.5 percent during the next five years, given the serious efforts of the government to achieve the goals of UAE Vision 2021, particularly in infrastructure which is one of the key pillars of the nation. We look forward to exploring the ways in which the FM sector can contribute to achieving these goals during the three-day event.”

 

“The global outsourced FM industry is expected to be worth USD 1 trillion by 2025, with integrated services to have a fair share of 35 percent of the sector’s revenue by then. With these projections, we hope to bring the local FM sector at par with international standards and be a competitive player in the international market as the UAE bids to become among the best countries providing world-class services in every aspect,” Lootah noted.

 

“This year’s MEFMA Confex will address the growing demand for quality and professionalism in the FM sector and we aim to put at the heart of the discussion the importance of people working in facilities management as a career. Education is, therefore, a key factor given that the increasing trend across the UAE and the GCC FM market is to outsource FM services,” he concluded.

 

This year’s edition of the event is being held in partnership with key sponsors that include Cofely Besix Facility Management (Technical and Infrastructure Sponsor), Advanced Facilities Management (Catering Sponsor), United Facilities Management (FM Excellence Sponsor), Initial Saudi Group (Saudi FM Support Sponsor), Khansaheb Group FM (GCC-Wide FM Sponsor), GRAKO LLC (Cleaning Sponsor) and Imdaad (Energy Management Sponsor).

 

MEFMA is a non-profit organisation, which acts on behalf of the regional FM community to address concerns and provide a platform for its members as well as stakeholders to share their expertise, views and insights about the industry – from sustainability to the impact of digital transformation.

Imdaad reveals AED 60 million investment plan for 2017

Company announces new contract wins with top industry players and 2017 strategic roadmap

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January 31, 2017 – Imdaad, the GCC’s leading integrated facilities management (FM) company based in Dubai, has revealed that it will invest AED 60 million this 2017 to meet growth via targeted acquisition of local firms. The announcement was made during a press conference held today (Tuesday, January 31, 2017), at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah in Dubai where the leading FM company also unveiled its latest contract wins with giant industry players and its strategic roadmap for 2017 as it moves to cement its leadership in the flourishing regional FM sector.
In 2016, Imdaad acquired a firefighting company and a lifts, installations and maintenance firm as part of its comprehensive expansion approach to widening its scope and services. The AED 60-million investment plan will carry on the objectives of its growth strategy this year. Additionally, the company expects to perform strongly yet again after obtaining new major deals with key organisations and renewing agreements with top long-time clientele.

Its new contracts include a deal with the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai (IACAD) for the upkeep of all mosques under its mandate; Mashreq Bank; Dubai Parks and Resorts; the posh Palazzo Versace hotel; Lapita Hotel; TECOM; the Dubai Opera house; Be’ah (Oman Environmental Services); Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD); Nakheel; Wasl; Al Fattan Properties; Kingfield Owner Association Management Services; and ENOVA.

These new developments along Imdaad’s latest achievements and industry expectations for 2017 were announced against the background of a rising FM sector in the UAE. Industry estimates put the GCC’s cumulative FM spend at USD 892 billion over the last 25 years, with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE as leaders. Globally, as per a market research report released by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the FM industry is seen to be worth USD 394.69 billion by 2017.

Jamal Abdullah Lootah, CEO, Imdaad, said: “Although the UAE FM industry is still in its infancy when held up against mature markets such as Europe and North America, it is nonetheless accelerating at the unprecedented rate. To capitalise on considerable opportunities in the local and regional FM sectors, we at Imdaad are intensifying our efforts to keep up with the latest trends and developments in these markets, especially in terms of technological innovations. For 2017, we have laid out an all-encompassing roadmap that will ensure both exceptional delivery of services to our clientele and significant contributions to the Emirates’ socio-economic prosperity in line with the goals of UAE Vision 2021. With our new agreements and key investment strategy, we are keen on working with all our partners from the public and private sectors to achieve our development objectives.”
In line with its strategy of maintaining market leadership in introducing pioneering solutions and innovative services, Imdaad has embarked on a number of game-changing initiatives over the past years that have had reshaped the FM market in the UAE. The state-of-the-art Imtedaad, for instance, has become one of the industry’s much-talked-about technological platforms due to its ability to intelligently analyse the performance trends of interconnected assets.

Imtedaad – designed based on the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) – works by correlating all essential data with the behaviour of the building’s ecosystem to come up with a set of recommendations and corrective actions. Among the technology’s top-notch features include cognitive computing platform, predictive maintenance capability, seamless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, automatic corrective measures, real-time monitoring and tracking of assets, and energy management. It has a significant potential to cut the use of energy by up to 50 per cent and increase facility use by up to 80 per cent.

Imdaad has always emphasised on deploying eco-friendly equipment and sustainable technologies across its operations to ensure the highest level of service to its clients. The move also actively contributes to the UAE’s strategy to build a sustainable economy and an environment that will help enhance the quality of life in the country.