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Middle East FM conference starts today

on Feb 10, 2013

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The Middle East Facility Management Association is meeting to discuss the evolution of the region's built environment and the developing role of the industry in improving the service life of buildings.

The association is hosting its annual two-day conference and exhibition at The Address Hotel in Dubai Marina today and tomorrow, during which it plans to unveil the findings of a new report titled Facility and Equipment Reference and Estimated Service Life Research.

The report "provides a starting point for MEFMA members to conduct component reference life assessment", according to the organisation, which helps facilities managers to ensure that a building's service life matches that of its design life.

HE Marwan Bin Ghalita, CEO, Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) & Chairman of MENARES, said: “With a steadily increasing number of companies and organisations in the region, recognising the distinct advantages of facilities management, including cost and energy efficiencies, the regional FM industry is expected to witness sustained growth in the months ahead.

"This further underlines the importance of the upcoming edition of the MEFMA Annual Confex as the event will serve as the perfect platform for industry peers to discuss challenges and opportunities, and share best practices.”

Jamal Abdulla Lootah, President of MEFMA and CEO of Imdaad, said: “Facilities management plays a vital role in promoting sustainability and energy conservation in the society."

He added that the research report would prove to be "an invaluable tool to enhance the sustainable use of resources and facilities across the Middle East".

"FM companies are in an excellent position to influence other sectors of the society to embrace sustainable technologies and practices, including the use of more efficient and cost-effective alternative sources of energy.

"The MEFMA Annual Confex thus serves as an excellent venue to discuss our sustainability plans and strategies, and strengthen our collaboration with all stakeholders in the Middle East facilities management industry.”