DOHA: A regional meeting of the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) here yesterday called for rules and standards regulating facility management and building efficiency.
MEFMA’s first regional conference was sponsored by Waseef, a subsidiary of Barwa Real Estate Company. Barwa is the sole member of MEFMA from Qatar.
“I see MEFMA as having a huge role in educating and training those charged with implementing best practice and optimising building efficiencies. It’s is the only way forward if we are to adopt world class management standards, cut building emissions and harness nature more effectively to power and water our cities,” said Ibrahim Fakhroo, vice president MEFMA and Director, Group Real Estate, Barwa.
Addressing a press conference later, Fakhroo stressed the need for putting bench marks for facility management.
MEFMA president, Jamal Abdulla Lootah said the Middle East Facilities Management Association was a first for the region, and a vital tool for all involved in shaping a sustainable built environment to further socio-economic development.
The open day brought together Qatari government officials, facility management practitioners, together with a delegation from the UAE including Sultan Butti bin Mujrin, director general, Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), part of the Dubai Land Department which formulates, regulates, manages and licenses various real estates related activities in Dubai, and Marwan Bin Ghulaita, CEO, RERA .
A presentation was made by bin Ghulaita on why Middle East governments should support the FM industry, while MEFMA board members worked to develop a road map for the Association’s Middle East plans now and for the future. Other MEFMA board members from Lebanon, UAE, Saudi and Qatar were in attendance. Initiated by RERA as a non-profit association, MEFMA provides a standardised framework for FM professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders and building owners and occupiers to work with, and from, across the Middle East.