Dubai clusters authority to enforce FM requirement

Building owners operating in any of the nine clusters under the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) will need to register a qualified facilities management company for their properties

Mohamed Al Bahri is the DCCA chief officer for zoning and commercial affairs.
Mohamed Al Bahri is the DCCA chief officer for zoning and commercial affairs.

Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) is set to send out a circular requiring building owners operating in its nine clusters to have a qualified facilities management (FM) company attending to their properties. 

The nine clusters operating under the DCCA umbrella are Dubai Internet City, Dubai Outsource City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Science Park, and Dubai Design District.

To ensure compliance with the requirement, building owners will need to register their FM firms with DCCA.

Sharing this information with Construction Week, Mohamed Al Bahri, DCCA chief officer for zoning and commercial affairs, noted that the new requirement is in line with the authority’s push for more awareness of health, safety, and environment (HSE) standards and best practices. 

This focus on FM, he stated, comes after DCCA made registration mandatory for all contractors working in any of its clusters and follows the authority’s introduction of monthly HSE audits of construction sites, which it has been carrying out for 18 months. 

“I believe that we are strong enough in the construction area – we have the regulations in place, and we have the contractors registered,” he said, adding: “Now, we want to also draw attention to the built environment – to who’s maintaining the lifts and the fire alarms; to who’s maintaining the public facilities and the common areas.

“We are ready to begin implementation, and the registered FM companies will be required to comply with DCCA regulations and standards.”

Al Bahri pointed out that DCCA’s FM requirement and standards were developed in coordination with other Dubai authorities, such as the Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Dubai Police, with benchmarking done with developers like Emaar, Dubai Holding, Nakheel, and Meraas.

“We did a lot of benchmarking,” said Al Bahri. “And I think [the FM programme] is the first of its kind in the region. I’m not aware of any authority enforcing the registration of each building and its facility management [company].”

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