Video: Construction Week In Focus | H1 2018 report – FM

S02E10 of Construction Week's exclusive YouTube series explores how facilities management firms have grown despite stiff competition in the last six months

Awareness about the significance of facilities management (FM) has grown in key Middle Eastern markets, such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, in H1 2018 – but will this continue in H2?

More projects have neared completion, and several others have been finished and handed over as well in the first half of this year.


H1 2018 has also witnessed the entry of new FM companies – the Tier-2 space is getting competitive, and in some cases, these new firms are even knocking on the doors of Tier-1 companies.

There have been some interesting movement in terms of clients realigning contracts with their FM companies, and in some cases in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, developers have replaced preferred service providers with newer contemporaries.

Price has been a crucial factor as the sands shift in the Middle East's FM market. No longer is the lowest bid the contract winner – elements such as energy performance, the environmental impact of operations, key performance indicators (KPIs), and the quality of work are prominent requirements for contract wins.

Clearly, FM companies’ efforts to raise awareness about their services appear to be paying off, and H2 2018 might well be an unusually exciting time for the industry.

READ: FM contracts awarded for Emaar and Dubai Airports facilities

In the latest episode of Construction Week In Focus, Rajiv Pillai, editor of MEP Middle East, and Nikhil Pereira, deputy editor of facilities management Middle East, chart out the potential roadmap that regional FM companies might follow in the next six months. 

Construction Week In Focus is a weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development, contracting, MEP, facilities management, and equipment sectors.

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Construction Week In Focus episodes are published each Tuesday at 9am.

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