The Facilities Management Leaders’ Summit this year focused on emerging treads and contract opportunities in education, healthcare, hospitality, and transport sectors in Saudi Arabia.
The summit, held on the opening day of FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo, which ran from January 14 to 16 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, aimed at driving operational efficiencies and cost effectiveness in the Saudi FM market
The event provided a platform for industry experts to discuss emerging trends and best practices within the regional facilities management sector.
Nathan Waugh, event director for FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo, said, “Within the leading facilities management companies in Saudi, there is a common belief that the potential for KSA’s FM market is being vastly underestimated. FM in Saudi is happening quicker than anybody thought.”
“A high-level and informative congress like the Facilities Management Leaders’ Summit is a must attend for professionals working in such an accelerated sector. It introduces international best practices and gives foresight into the evolution of their industry in Saudi Arabia, and goes further to highlight the big project opportunities for the FM industry,” he said.
The event was attended by a number of local and international experts, including Ian MacQuarrie, facilities management director in construction services in KSA, AECOM; Ibrahim Al Buloushi, country head of KSA for JLL MENA; and Richard Naylor, chief executive of Cushman and Wakefield Middle East.
The first segment of the summit ‘Macro Market Trends and Updates’ introduced visitors to the evolving facilities management market in Saudi Arabia. It identified the key targets of Saudi Vision 2030 and examined the effects of emerging policies and regulations in the FM sector.
The summit also include updates in building automation and connectivity. Adrian Jarvis, director of FSI Middle East and Jason Reuhland, chief executive of KSA facilities management leader Reuhland explored the ways in which the FM industry can benefit from innovations.
The second segment of the summit, named ‘Spotlight Sessions’, looked at the emerging trends in education, healthcare, hospitality, and transport sectors in Saudi Arabia and offered case studies of updated FM projects and unique insight into contract opportunities in the country.
Exhibitor at the event and Saudi based FM solutions provider, INITIAL, reveal that “Saudi Arabia is now placed as the region’s primary market for FM growth and one that is thought to be worth some USD20bn”.
Alistaire Smylie, group chief operating and development officer at INITIAL Saudi Group, said, “FM EXPO Saudi is a testament to the undeniable development across all major sectors in the kingdom and highlights the demand for innovative and cost-effective facilities management solutions.”