FM Expo doubles in size to meet industry demand
The FM industry has grown at a rate of 17% in the last three years
This year's FM Expo will double in size with twice as much exhibitor floor space compared with 2010, and two new events; the Sustainable Facilities Expo and the World FM Congress.
Organisers, dmg :: events, said the expansion is indicative of an industry which has grown at a rate of 17% in the last three years with annual revenues in the Middle East forecast to reach $8 billion by 2013.
Much of that growth is generated by a demand for energy efficient products and the imminent introduction of federal green building codes. As such, the Sustainable Facilities Expo has been launched to run alongside the event.
The exhibition is the region’s first green show of its kind and is launched in partnership with Dubai Municipality and the Environmental Center for Arab Towns to promote energy efficiency in building management.
The inaugural World FM Congress is a two-day congress organised with the support of 11 FM associations from across the globe to share international best practice and discuss the key challenges facing the industry.
Speakers from around the world represent major facilities such as NASA Headquarters, the Sydney Opera House, Microsoft, World Trade Centre Amsterdam and the Atlantis Hotel.
“The events size this year is indicative of the growing importance of facilities management in the Middle East,” said David Wilson, event director, FM Expo.
“Speaking with exhibitors and sponsors as I do, it is becoming clear that there is a move towards FM being considered earlier in the consultation process of new developments and discussed at board level.
“Indeed, those in executive management are now becoming aware of the critical role FM provides, both in terms of reducing energy costs and allowing organisations to focus on their core business.
“But with such growth must come better standards and processes and that is why we are increasing our global reach to focus on international best practice case studies at the World FM Congress and training by the world renowned IFMA.”
IFMA, the International Facilities Management Association will run a two-day certified training course on project management in facilities management, which is one of the four courses which make up the FMP Credential.
In addition, half day workshops on service level agreements and energy management will be run by Mick Dalton, MD, Musanadah FM.
Sponsors of the FM Expo include Etisalat FM, Emrill, EMCO, EMCOR, Hestia-FM, MAB and Al Shirawi.
Now in its sixth year, it will be co-located with The Office Exhibition and The Hotel Show at Dubai World Trade Centre from May 17-18.