Does IFMA have a place in the UAE?
There seems to be one particular topic on everyone?s minds this month ? IFMA.
There seems to be one particular topic on everyone’s minds this month – IFMA.
For those of you who don’t know about IFMA (International Facility Management Association), it is an international organisation aimed ‘to serve as the resource and representative for facility management’.
Since 2004, a lot of time and effort has been invested by FM industry professionals in the Middle East to form an IFMA chapter, but this slowed down this year.
Personally, I think this is a great step forward for the facility management community.
If IFMA and the Government approve the chapter, it could be the perfect platform for professionals to get together and discuss FM related issues.
It could also serve as a hub for the development and education of the profession.
But I have read two bits of news over the past couple of months that leaves me wondering whether the formation of an IFMA chapter is the right platform to use.
Two of the European chapters (the UK and Germany) have been decertified for different reasons but still, the fact they now no longer exist has angered and confused some chapter members.
What’s more, Donald Young, IFMA vice president of communications has confirmed that IFMA chapters are not always the best way for IFMA to deliver its mission in every market.
Now there are two ways of looking at this.
As it stands, the Middle East does not have any kind of independent FM body/ organisation to support and represent it.
The formation of the chapter could be the beginning of this happening.
If this is the case it is vital that the chapter remains independent to ensure that the FM industry can be fully represented without any commercial or personal bias.
Industry figures and FM professionals need to lead the way.
On the flip side, it is possible that an IFMA chapter is not the right way forward.
Maybe the formation of regular networking groups would better suffice the industry?
I for one believe that some kind of group needs to be formed to help with the development, support and education of the FM market in the Middle East.
But what do you think?
How would you like to see the FM market be supported?
Maybe you have other ideas and maybe there are initiatives I have not thought about or considered.
I’d love to hear what you think about this topic and others so feel free to contact me by phone or email.
We have a great opportunity here to really help make a difference and show that the Middle East can give it’s people and tourists the best possible customer service and the best facilities in the world.
Becca Wilson, Editor
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“It is vital the IFMA chapter remains independent to ensure the FM industry can be fully represented without any form of bias.”