fmME Awards 2017 a reminder of GCC sector's growth

A pat on the back, and a note of thanks

COMMENT, SPECIAL REPORTS, CW awards, Facilities Management, FmME, FmME Awards

I found myself smiling more than once during the production of this edition of fmME. The elation on the faces of fmME Awards 2017’s winners (p38) is infectious, which makes leaving the industry even harder than it already would have been for me.

Fortunately, I’m able to pen my last editor’s letter for fmME knowing fully well that the industry’s future is bright, as was evidenced by the fmME Awards 2017 ceremony, held at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah hotel in Dubai last month. Winners in all 15 categories are worthy of the acclaim they received from both, fmME Awards 2017’s judging panel and guests on the night.

But the winners’ ambitions don’t end there. Upon collecting his trophy for the Health & Safety Initiative of the Year, Grako’s managing partner, Alain El Tawil, said he intends to “go after more [HSE] certifications in the region”. Meanwhile, Young Facilities Manager of the Year, Mohammed Belal from Imdaad, promised more output and “work of even better quality” after receiving his prize.

It is this sentiment that will drive the Middle East’s FM industry forward as new products and processes disrupt existing practices to improve service delivery – and I can think of no group currently more capable of fulfiling these lofty ambitions than the victorious, highly commended, and shortlisted nominees of the fmME Awards 2017.

As I look back on my tenure with fmME, I’m immensely grateful for the time you made for me despite your hectic schedules. Together, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of fmME magazine (October 2016) and the 10th annual fmME Awards – two landmarks that served as incisive reminders of the long journey traversed by the regional FM sector, as well as the long road that lies ahead.

Thanks to your support, we’ve also produced some great reports on the exemplary FM programmes underway in the Middle East, and the issues we must resolve to encourage more efficiencies in regional FM.

Moving forward, I hope you will continue to be a part of the fmME family, and also support Nikhil Pereira (, who will replace me on fmME after a successful stint as features writer of ITP Media Group’s Hotelier Middle East magazine.

I won’t be too far away either in my new role at fmME’s sister title, Construction Week, and I expect to keep in touch with many of you as the regional FM sector champions – among numerous other initiatives – its early involvement in a building’s life cycle. As always, drop me an email on if you have a story to tell or questions to ask.

I’m glad to have known you and, like all good FM programmes, I hope our relationship is for the long term.

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