Lootah addresses FM sector on World FM Day
Jamal Abdulla Lootah, president, MEFMA shares his thoughts on the global and regional FM sector on the occassion of World FM Day.
On May 15, 2019, the entire global facilities management (FM) industry will celebrate the World FM Day. This year’s celebration is extra special as the international FM community marks the creation of the ISO 41000 series of Standards and Technical Report specifically focusing on the industry. This milestone is a significant leap in the sector’s efforts to standardize the practice of FM worldwide.
Aptly themed ‘Celebrating global ISO FM Standards,’ the latest edition of the annual occasion, an initiative of Global FM, aims to emphasize the vital and critical contributions of FM professionals to the world of business, local society, and international economy. By doing so, the celebration strives to raise the profile of the FM profession not just in member regions but anywhere else in the globe as well.
FM is now a USD 1.15-trillion global industry, with 65,000 professional and industry participants worldwide. The ISO FM standards are expected to further boost the sector in the midst of steadily rising demand for quality, integrated, and technology-driven solutions.
Perhaps unbeknownst to the general public, FM services influence the health, safety, productivity, and well-being of people who utilize the built environment. That means practically everyone. Stakeholders in different parts of the world are, thus, intensifying their efforts to increase awareness of the industry’s significance and enhance the entire sector’s performance.
In the Middle East, the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) is at the forefront of bringing the FM community to the next level of growth and development through its continuous training programs and other key initiatives. The association regularly holds industry-focused seminars, workshops, networking, and training programs around the region to raise the community’s global competitiveness by investing in and reinforcing its strengths and addressing pressing challenges.