OMAINTEC gets under way in Dubai
Event features “12th Arab Maintenance Exhibition” within FM Expo
Representatives from the operations and maintenance industry across the world are gathering in Dubai to discuss industry trends, the latest technologies on offer and industry best practice at the 12th annual international operations and maintenance conference in the Arab countries, OMAINTEC.
This year is the first time the event, organised by OMAINTEC Institute & ExiCon International, is being hosted outside Saudi Arabia, and will is being held under the patronage of His Excellency, Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Public Works, running from yesterday (Sunday) until tomorrow (Tuesday).
The event also features an exhibition entitled “12th Arab Maintenance Exhibition” which will take place within FM EXPO, being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 19-21 May. The exhibition will feature leading companies with expertise in operations and maintenance within the Arab world including Saudi Oger and the Bin-Ladin Group.
“It is clear that in the GCC, Saudi Arabia is a monolith in terms of infrastructural growth. Construction is expected to grow by 10.5% this year in the Kingdom, led by public works. Surging business confidence and market activity promises to drive positive expectations for the facilities management industry within Saudi, including an increased interest in adopting best practices through learning from success stories in neighbouring GCC nations,” said Jaafar Shubber, senior project manager, FM EXPO 2014.
“We’re happy to host the 12th Arab Maintenance Exhibition under FM EXPO this year, and wish to support OMAINTEC in their drive to equip Saudi’s maintenance and operations industry with the best global training and know-how available.”
OMAINTEC will be held under the theme of “Maintenance towards Globalisation” this year, focusing on identifying ways to develop engineering services in the field of operations and maintenance in the region and increasing nationalisation within the industry.
The event will also include a number of seminars covering areas such as operations and maintenance of facilities, incorporating electricity production, electricity generation, transport networks, operations and maintenance of water desalination facilities, water facilities and the economics of operating desalination plants and activating maintenance and rehabilitation of water pipelines, pumping stations and sewage treatment plants.
“Dubai is the ideal location for OMAINTEC this year,” said Dr. Zohair Al-Sarraj, Omaintec’s general secretary. “The UAE’s construction market is in a stage of revival at the moment and continues to grow. With that comes an increasing demand for facilities management services, including operations and maintenance, and OMAINTEC aims to provide a platform for knowledge exchange between experts and specialists in the field of operations and maintenance in the region, and their counterparts from more developed countries across the globe.”
In addition to this, the programme also features 22 workshops conducted by both regional and international experts in the field of operations and maintenance on topics including maintenance materials and spare parts management in the digital era, strategic planning for biomedical engineering departments and reengineering of municipal maintenance departments.
OMAINTEC is being held at Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, Duba. FM Expo, which includes the 12th Arab Maintenance Exhibition, is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. For more information, visit: www.fm?expo.com and http://omaintec.com/