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A year in FM

As we celebrate facilities management Middle East being a year old, Becca Wilson reviews the magazine's highlights.

ANALYSIS, Facilities Management

As we celebrate facilities management Middle East being a year old, Becca Wilson reviews the magazine's highlights.

October 2006

facilities management Middle East was launched to help raise awareness surrounding FM and the benefits it can bring to a building owner. Mick Dalton, immediate past chairman, British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), says: "facilities management Middle East has grown into a must read for anyone in FM in the region. It has grown with the market place and stands up to any other FM publication in the western world."


Key news story: Etisalat restructures FM unit.

November 2006

We saw stirs and heard rumours of the formation of a Middle East chapter of IFMA (International Facilities Management Association) in November.

The industry seemed keen and the formalities started. However, the lack of interest from the local business community has resulted in a slowdown and the chapter has yet to be formed.

However, industry figures have recently been talking about the formation of a new association that stems from British roots. Watch this space.

We introduce a new regular feature to the magazine, View Point, which gives readers and industry professionals the opportunity to speak out about a FM related topic.

Key news story: Dubai Ethics Resource Centre launched CSR training seminars.

December 2006

The magazine's first look at security focused on Act 13 - Security Requirements for the Commercial Sectors in Dubai - and the impact it has had on the FM sector.

We followed the movement of the law throughout the year and in August, secured interviews with the three companies responsible for training security professionals to a certain standard.

Key news story: Emirates Security Industry Association to be formed by industry workers.

January 2007

Intersec 2007 was a cracking start to the year for facilities management Middle East, with the magazine flying off the stands at the exhibition.

The health and safety interview with Toby Hayward, secretary of IOSH (Institute of Occupational Health and Safety), provoked an overwhelming reaction from industry professionals and a wave of comments, feedback and general agreement that more needs to be done to safeguard people and the buildings they work in, came flooding in.

Key news story: The Emirates Green Building Council launch in Spring 2007.

February 2007

As the first senior-level Emirati in the FM sector was appointed by Emaar, we focused on Emiratisation in the industry and discussed why FM is misunderstood by nationals as a potential career path.

This month also saw the beginning of the build up to the UAE's own green building rating system. In an exclusive interview with the Emirates Green Building Council's (EmiratesGBC) chair (at the time), Dr Mohsen Aboulnaga expressed the importance of the region establishing a rating system unique to the Emirates.

The EmiratesGBC are currently undergoing the process of implementing a UAE system.

Key news story: Emcor secure ADNEC contract.

March 2007

In a special two-part feature in March and April, we investigated the Middle East's attitude towards recycling and what the region is doing to combat waste.

Key news story: Dubai Health Care City awards Operon its first service contract.

April 2007

In an exclusive interview with facilities management Middle East, Brigadier Matrooshi, director of Dubai's Civil Defence, called for the region to take fire safety more seriously and revealed that fire regulations would be updated.

The Dubai Ethics and Resource Centre stressed the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the benefits it can bring a business.

We introduce another new, regular feature - FM in... a new is a platform to showcase FM practice through case studies, in the different sectors. From hospitality to heritage sites, education to oil and gas - each month will focus on a different industry sector.

Key news story: Intelligent Building Group (IBG) set to research the Middle East's intelligent building market

May 2007

As talks start swaying towards the implementation of a minimum wage, facilities management Middle East asked industry professionals what impact this would have on the recruitment process.

The British Safety Council officially launches in the Middle East and calls for stricter health and safety standards.

Key news story: BMS industry worth US $82m in 2006.

June 2007

Dubai introduces a smoke free environment policy to be implemented over a period of time, but how will this effect FMs?

A developer and FM company join forces to promote the need for FM consultancy at the design stage of a building.

Key news story: Oman college introduces FM degree.

July 2007

New research into the Middle East FM sector released. According to the research, the total facilities management market is set to be worth US $575,900,000 (AED 2.1bn) by 2012.

FM in... Maritime. Case study of the excellent health and safety procedures practiced at Dubai Dry Docks.

Key news story: Atlantis to use computer-aided facilities management software.

August 2007

As the enforced security training in Dubai is imposed, the editor's letter questions the impact staff moral can have on productivity.

Fire safety in tall buildings generates interest and response from the industry.

Key news story: InterContinental Residential Suites open up tender opportunities.

September 2007

Women in FM. facilities management Middle East organises its first roundtable event.

Key news story: Avireal-Farnek win contract to provide FM and energy management consultancy at Abu Dhabi's Lagoon Club development.

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