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Senior officials with participants and winners in Dubai.

The Middle East Facilities Management Association (MEFMA) on Thursday concluded its CONFEX 2022, the region’s largest facilities management (FM) event. The event ended on a high note with industry leaders and experts coming together to identify new opportunities and prospects for the future of the FM industry.

MEFMA CONFEX 2022 took place from March 14 to 17, with the participation of more than 500 industry professionals, experts and government representatives.

Engineer Dawood Abdul Rahman Al Hajri, Chief Executive of Dubai Municipality, led the inauguration ceremony, which was followed by a series of workshops, presentations and panel discussions on topics related to the industry.

The welcome speech by Jamal Lootah, co-founder and president of MEFMA, highlighted the potential for rapid growth in the FM market due to the need for efficient and cost-effective operations, and how MEFMA fosters growth through such events . The first day of the event included a series of workshops that showcased the latest FM initiatives in digital construction and artificial intelligence for the future of FM.

The second day of the event featured a wide range of segments, with industry professionals providing insights on key topics through panel discussions, namely ‘FM Transformation Strategy – What needs to be done’ and ‘Technology and Data Driven Facilities Management – The Heart of Business Excellence and Sustainability.’ The event further included three streams which had a presentation under various topics by FM industry experts.

Additionally, the event featured case studies highlighting concepts such as FM technology transformation and leadership roles in technology adoption.

Days 3 and 4 of CONFEX consisted of site visits to the ongoing EXPO 2020 Dubai, where attendees interacted in various pavilions to gain insight and inspiration.

This year’s event was also highlighted by the first-ever MEFMA Awards of Excellence in FM 2022, held on March 14. The MEFMA Awards were launched with the aim of promoting best practices in the FM industry and driving innovation in the years to come. The awards covered various categories such as customer-centric FM, digital transformation, education and development, health and safety, sustainability and energy management, and implementing technology in FM industry.

Winners of the 2022 MEFMA Awards of Excellence in FM include: Musanadah Facilities Management in the Customer-centric FM category, Emrill Services in the Education and Development in FM category, AG Facilities in the Health and Safety in FM category, ENGIE Solutions in the Sustainable Development and Energy Management in the FM category, Initial Saudi Group in the Digital Transformation in FM category, and Imdaad in the Technology Implementation in FM category.

Winners were selected based on a distinct set of criteria such as creation, evolution and sustainability, FM innovation and advancement, business results, leadership and success in FM operations, and contributions to FM worldwide, and have been recognized for their significant contributions to the industry. The ceremony successfully recognized and honored the winners, during the awards gala dinner at the Address Hotel.

Jamal Lootah, Co-Founder and President of MEFMA, said, “This is another successful year in driving innovative transformation in the FM sector, especially by hosting the awards for the first time. As part of our inaugural MEFMA FM 2022 Excellence Awards Ceremony, we are proud to have successfully recognized and rewarded members for demonstrating their dedication to the industry. We congratulate all the winners and encourage everyone to continue working in the same spirit. Our efforts to honor notable contributions will continue in the future, to encourage growth and innovation in the FM industry. Additionally, the experience of meeting creative minds and getting ideas from industry professionals has been rewarding, and we look forward to hosting more events in the future, given the success of the this year’s event.

Ali AlSuwaidi, Vice President of MEFMA and Vice President of Global FM, said: “It has been inspiring to see this year’s event prove to be a success again, with many new ideas presented, as well as discussions on current issues. We are pleased to see the positive feedback from participants who enjoyed the workshops and discussions that were held. This year’s event was also notable for our inaugural MEFMA Awards of Excellence in FM 2022. Recognition and acknowledgment of member contributions is crucial, and we are pleased to have done so with the MEFMA Awards 2022. We hope to drive this culture forward and continue to innovate in the industry. MEFMA CONFEX 2022 provided an ideal opportunity for the FM industry to identify new growth paths and opportunities, as well as drive innovation for the future of the industry.

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