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MEFMA holds first regional conference in Doha

Event sponsored by Waseef, a subsidiary of Barwa Real Estate Company

MEFMA president, Jamal Abdulla Lootah said the Middle East Facilities Management Association was a first for the region.
MEFMA president, Jamal Abdulla Lootah said the Middle East Facilities Management Association was a first for the region.

“I see MEFMA as having a huge role in educating and training those charged with implementing best practice and optimising building efficiencies,” reported Ibrahim Fakhroo, vice president MEFMA and director, Barwa Group Real Estate.

"It’s is the only way forward if we are to adopt world class management standards, cut building emissions and harness nature more effectively to power and water our cities.”

Fakhroo stressed the need for benchmarks and added that setting up ‘pretty buildings’ is only one aspect of the business. Providing proper service to tenants is equally important because they are now able to look for alternate accommodation because of the demand supply situation.

The open day saw Qatari government officials come together, facility management practitioners, and a delegation from the UAE including Sultan Butti bin Mujrin, director general, RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Agency), and Marwan Bin Ghulaita, CEO, RERA.

A presentation was made by bin Ghulaita on why Middle East governments should support the FM industry, while MEFMA board members worked to develop a road map for the Association’s Middle East plans now and for the future.

Also in attendance were members from Lebanon, UAE, Saudi and Qatar.

Initiated by RERA as a non-profit association, MEFMA provides a standardised framework for FM professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders and building owners and occupiers to work with, and from, across the Middle East.

MEFMA president, Jamal Abdulla Lootah said the Middle East Facilities Management Association was a first for the region, and a vital tool for all involved in shaping a sustainable built environment to further socio-economic development.

He said Saudi Arabia will need around 1million new homes over the next five years therefore engaging with professionals and governments across the Middle East is crucial.

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