IFMA, RICS Launch World Workplace Forum Middle East

Following the success of the first World Workplace event in the Middle East in May 2017, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are bringing the second World Workplace Forum to Dubai.

The event will bring forward-thinking FM strategies, solutions and the latest industry standards to an interactive, one-day learning and networking event at The Address Dubai Mall, on 19 April 2018.

Titled ‘We are FM: Defining FM & Transforming the Built Environment’, this year’s event will feature the exclusive launch of the ‘Strategic FM Framework’, a global best practice document for FM, co-produced by IFMA-RICS. The document aims to provide clear guidance for strategic asset management, wherever the professional is in the world.

Opening the conference is keynote speaker Darrell D. Smith, Director Central Services for Google’s Bay Area Portfolio.  Darrell is responsible for the facility management, critical environments, planning and other facilities services at one of the most innovative companies in the world and will be sharing his knowledge and insight with the Middle East market.

Other speakers include:

  • Rob Jackson, Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Graham Tier, Head of Property Facilities Management – The Hong Kong Jockey Club
  • William M. O’Neill, CFM, Chair, Global Board of Directors, IFMA

“As FM continues to emerge as a keystone industry in the twenty-first century, the tremendous market growth in the Middle East is helping drive the adoption of strategic FM practices,” said IFMA spokesman Jed Link. “The World Workplace Forum Middle East is as much about adopting the global best practices of today as it is about laying the foundation for the FM advances of tomorrow.”

This event will build on the need for strategic FM in the region and reinforce and advance the key themes that were discussed last year. The collaboration between the two organisations, which was announced in 2016, aims to provide an unprecedented level of industry support to meet the growing demands of the 25 million FM practitioners around the world. By aligning standards and professional development in the industry, IFMA and RICS are working to unite the global FM community to increase consistency and unification of strategy across the life cycle of the built environment.

More information about the event can be found at:

About IFMA

The International Facility Management Association is the world’s largest and most widely recognised international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 24,000 members in 94 countries. IFMA members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services annually.

World Workplace is IFMA’s flagship event and is the most longstanding and well-respected conference and exposition for facility management and related workplace professions. Held annually in the United States, Asia, India and Europe, World Workplace is an interactive conference focused on finding innovative, resourceful solutions to common facility challenges; gaining achievable strategies that will get the attention of customers, supervisors and colleagues; and sharing best practices for managing facilities, teams and projects.

About RICS

RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve. We accredit 124,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. With offices covering the major political and financial centres of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed professional standards. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering international standards that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, for the benefit of all.