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Comment: What we learned from the FM Expo 2017

The FM Expo 2017 was a vibrant affair, our deputy editor Nikhil Pereira shares his views on the trade show

COMMENT, Facilities Management, Facilities management (FM), FM EXPO 2017

The FM Expo 2017 which was held in Dubai from September 25-27 was my first in its 11-year history. In my time as a journalist I have attended other trade shows, both in Dubai and internationally but I never attended an expo dedicated solely for all things FM.

Not to draw comparisons, but the FM Expo has an interesting dynamic compared to Gulfood or Gitex, for instance. The grapevine had it that more FM operators decided not to be part of the show, and chose to visit as delegates to look at the new products and services on offer.

I, however, briefly caught up with a few FM operators that did have floor presence, and they certainly weren’t disappointed to have taken up floor space. “We are pleased to be here because there are several asset managers and property firms who have visited the show,” said one of the FM company representatives on the basis of anonymity.

 

I was quite impressed with the educational sessions and workshops on offer, although I opted to stay away from attending the workshops as they were CPD certified. I’d leave that to the pros.

I did, however, attend several sessions at the FM Expo Congress and the Work Series that was organised by Imdaad.

Meeting so many experts at one place was overwhelming. The panel discussions and presentations unearthed rich content, a lot of which you will find scattered across this magazine.

Winter is almost upon us, and it’s that time of the year when we switch off air conditioning systems and the heaters go back on. Both these devices are water processors which brings me to the issue of legionnaires’ disease.

A section of exhibition hall was dedicated to companies displaying their products and services that tackle the sticky water borne legionnaires’ disease. There is a lot to know about the legionella bacteria and I’d urge you to do further research on the subject and update yourself with the health department’s directives. 

The government has tightened the manner in which it requires labs to collect and report water samples that have been brought in for legionella testing.

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