FM Expo 2011 welcomes inaugural World FM Congress
Sixth annual event will also launch first Sustainable Facilities Expo
The first ever World FM Congress (15-19 May) is being held alongside the Dubai FM Expo (17-19 May) including global speakers from NASA, The Sydney Opera House, World Trade Centre Amsterdam and Global FM.
The congress comes at a time when the Middle East facilities management industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 20% over the next five years, generating revenues grossing $4.2 billion in 2011.
This falls in line with research by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), which is also attending the World FM Congress. Following a survey of 476 companies worldwide, it announced the total space managed by facility management providers will increase by 28% in the same year with 20% of those companies having to increase headcount as a result. Moreover, sustainable FM is the biggest growth area with 51% of companies revealing a growth in energy efficient solutions.
Tim Bushell, director of engineering, the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah, will present a case study demonstrating what his team has done to reduce utility bills and create energy saving systems at the hotel.
Meanwhile NASA will talk about how it is renovating its headquarters in the U.S to achieve LEED Silver status without compromising operational requirements and guests will hear how Sydney Opera House in Australia is managed on a day to day basis while keeping it fully functional for visitors.
“Practitioners and FM providers in the Middle East are consistently pushing to implement international best practice but, until now, there has not been a platform to understand at what level such standards are set. We have therefore created a programme that will highlight the latest remote technologies, sustainable initiatives and approaches to integrated FM the world over,” said David Wilson, event director, FM Expo & World FM Congress.
In addition to the congress, IFMA will run a certified training course, which is the first time it has been taught in the Middle East and there will be two half day workshops; Setting up and Managing Service Level Agreements and Energy Management Tools and Techniques, at Dubai World Trade Centre.
“Global FM is very pleased to participate at such a unique event in the Middle East. As part of our mission, Global FM is very keen on promoting the strategic value and progress of facilities management especially in emerging countries such as the UAE. We look forward for the sessions and discussions that elevate the need for FM in Middle East,” said Iain Murray, deputy chair, Global FM.
This is the sixth year the FM Expo has been held in the Middle East and for the first time it is launching the Sustainable Facilities Expo, which will showcase the best sustainable products and services in facilities management.
“In 2010, FM Expo was the first carbon neutral show in Dubai. This was our first step down the sustainable path and signalled our intentions for the coming years,” a spokesman said.
“We are very excited to facilitate this unique forum for sharing ideas and best practice, as well as creating new business opportunities.”
A total of 47 exhibitors have confirmed their attendance at the show so far this year, including EFS, which plans to open a facility management operation in Cairo, Egypt, and will be announcing it at the event.
The service will offer integrated FM services and property management solutions for the public and private sectors in Egypt including a training centre for EFS staff and post-graduates seeking a career in FM.
EFS has already employed 85 people from Egypt and will implement operational and maintenance services in the capital and in the city of Alexandra. The company has also won a three year contract to provide an integrated FM project in both cities that will include the implementation of sustainable energy-based solutions.
“Egypt has huge potential because facilities management is an industry still in its infancy and one that is regarded as a critical requirement for businesses and developers wanting to reduce their operational costs in the management of buildings,” said Tariq Chauhan, group managing director, EFS Middle East.
“This is coupled with an existing workforce that is well trained in MEP and has the skills to operate within facilities management. So we have entered a market with multiple possibilities for growth, both commercially and in terms of employment opportunities for the local market.”
The FM Expo is organised by dmg :: events and will be held from 17-19 May at Dubai World Trade Centre.