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DMG World Media has assumed full management of the largest FM event

Jamal Lootah of Imdaad.
Jamal Lootah of Imdaad.
Stephen Barker of Waterman International.
Stephen Barker of Waterman International.

DMG World Media has announced it has now assumed full management of the region’s largest exhibition dedicated to facilities management, the FM Expo, which will be co-located with The Hotel Show from 18 to 20 May 2010 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Previously organised by the Streamline Marketing Group, DMG has subsequently placed an increased focus on the conference programme, which runs in tandem with the exhibition, reports DMG product development director David Wilson. Since the acquisition, it has also provided MEFMA (Middle East Facilities Management Association) the opportunity to announce its plans to regulate the FM industry.

As a result, DMG has invited MEFMA president and CEO of Imdaad, Jamal Lootah, to the FM Expo to announce the official launch of MEFMA as an association and its new agreement with RERA, which will officially ratify the industry body as an association recognised by the government.

“In short, MEFMA will be provided with the authority to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for the industry and its practitioners, outline best-practice guidelines and promote the industry as a whole across the region,” notes Wilson.

Also speaking at the conference are various other industry notables. Stephen Barker, MEFMA board member and associate director of Waterman International, and Ali Al Suwaidi, senior director of operations at the Burj Khalifa, will be speaking about the ‘five-year challenge’ in FM. The environment and sustainability continue to be important themes, with Honeywell marketing director: energy solutions Scott Peterson talking about remote building technologies.

EcoVentures’ Armen Vartanian will talk about carbon emissions in building. Other companies to be showcased during the conference include Shell, Nakheel, Schneider Electric, Cityspace, Modus, Techem, MAF, Farnek Averial and Frost & Sullivan.

“The FM sector in the Middle East is set to grow at an exponential rate, fuelled by the increasing lifecycle cost of ageing buildings and the construction sector’s growth. Therefore we have to position the FM Expo as an event that best supports the industry’s development and provides a platform for thoughtful leadership. I also feel this is a tremendous opportunity for MEFMA to make its inaugural presence felt in the industry,” says Wilson.

Barker adds: “Our forthcoming affiliation with RERA is an important step to support the industry, and by having a presence at the FM Expo, we have been offered the perfect platform to explain our directive and garner feedback from all interested parties and stakeholders.”

For more information, go to, contact David Wilson on 050 708 7972 or e-mail

Exhibitor Categories

Maintenance, caretaker services, cleaning, design and build, education, energy management, fire safety, health and safety, inspection services, landscaping, leasing and real-estate management, MEP, pest control, plumbing, project and property management, strata management, integrated FM and waste management.

Building automation, emergency exit, information-management services, IT solutions, project document management and software.

Access control, fire prevention, fit-out, grounds maintenance, heating and cooling, monitoring, operations management, security staffing, staff-time management and training.

Flooring and carpeting, HVAC, hygiene, indoor and outdoor furniture, industrial and electrical components, irrigation systems, lighting, maintenance tools and equipment, security and signage.

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