FM companies would be wrong to ignore landscaping
Landscaping specialists are set to witness a new arc in the region’s understanding of their skills and services, as well as the significance of their knowhow
By all accounts, the GCC’s landscaping sector is on the rise. With the property sector of key markets such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar evolving to meet anticipated demand for sustainable and smart developments, landscaping specialists are set to witness a new arc in the region’s understanding of their skills and services, as well as the significance of their knowhow.
Service charges will be the most substantial factor to affect landscaping demand in the GCC. If the current trend of property developers investing in master planned communities continues, then the region’s landscaping teams will have to, perhaps more than ever before, work closely with owners’ associations (OA) and asset management teams to ensure their services are delivered in a holistic fashion and without hiccups.
Nevertheless, FM companies in the region must not ignore the link between the scope of their work and that of landscaping specialists’. Regional property development teams are turning to landscape elements to differentiate their products in busy real estate markets such as Dubai.
‘Green’ walls and roofs have already found their way into the UAE, and it is altogether likely that Qatar too will adopt these elements as develops infrastructure linked to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
For regional FM companies, the scope of their work in the near future could include not only the well-being and optimisation of a facility, but the expectations of their clients too. Sustainable developments are here to stay, and a lack of the technical depth required to work on landscape elements might lead FM companies to miss out on key property contracts in the near future.
fmME’s Special Report on Landscaping addresses these concerns, and how FM teams in the GCC must prepare for the road ahead.