Latest news and insights from FM Expo, Dubai

Last month saw the annual FM Expo in Dubai along with the Facilities Management Congress, Middle East, chaired by our own Lionel Prodgers. The conference attracted high-level expert speakers across a range of subjects and a full house of attendees over 2 full days.

Commencing with a session focused on the world trade exposition ‘EXPO 2020’ which opens in Dubai in 3 years, the sheer scale of the exposition development was outlined, along with legacy planning and the commercial opportunities for FM suppliers, this was followed by Q&A and a panel discussion on how FM is adding value to the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021.

The event was structured around set themes with papers and case studies presented by international and regional speakers interspersed with panel sessions with subject matter experts. The themes covered were:

  • Design for Operations
  • Strategic Outlook and Best Practice for FM
  • Energy Management Efficiency
  • New Technologies in FM
  • FM Strategic Sourcing
  • FM Challenges in Different Fields (Education and Health Care)

In his conference-closing address, Lionel emphasised the significant development in the understanding of FM within the region and encouraged all attendees to make the business case for best practice in facilities and management for their organisation; explaining the value proposition, rather than joining a ‘race to the bottom’ driven by reckless cost-cutting. As Claire Penny, Global Industry Leader at IBM, said in her presentation on Cognitive IoT for Buildings; “Innovation requires investment.”

See Lionel’s interview on the challenges and opportunities for FM in the Middle East:

Lionel discusses topical issues arising from the conference debate with Scott Wilson:

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