June 19, 2019
The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) recently put the spotlight on the pressing challenges facing the facilities management (FM) sector in Jordan during its first networking event in the country. The workshop and networking event proved to be both timely and strategic as the Jordanian FM market continues to steadily grow and attract more foreign direct investments into the country.
Held at the Amman Rotana Hotel, the event, ‘Facility Management Challenges in the local market “Jordan”,’ took place in the midst of MEFMA’s intensified efforts to boost the Middle East’s FM sector by gathering the industry’s decision makers, leaders, pioneers, and stakeholders under one roof.Eng. Lara Khozouz, Member, Board of Director, MEFMA, led an interactive workshop and moderated a panel discussion, afterwards. ThepanelistsconsistedEng. BasimSayel – SecretaryGeneral, Arab Council of Operation & Maintenance (OMAINTEC); Karthikeyan Iyer – Project Director (Operations), EFS Facilities Services; Eng. Khalil Karkar, Operations and Maintenance Manager, Abdali Group; and Friederike Pommerehne, Module Team Leader, GIZ.
Jamal Lootah, MEFMA President, said, “We are proud to have hosted this first-of-its-kind gathering in Jordan, which was attended by some of the country’s and the region’s leading FM leaders and stakeholders–all gathering together to discuss major growth prospects and opportunities in the local market and key solutions designed to address pressing challenges that the industry faces. Aside from the highly educational workshops and panel discussion, one of the key highlights of the event was the formal networking session that opened the doors for potential partnership opportunities among those present at the event. This was truly a fruitful event that saw the participants sharing their ideas and expertise with each other and discussing the latest global trends and practices, with some even agreeing to engage in collaborative efforts in the future to achieve their common goals and objectives.”
Additionally, new strategies were developed during the gathering to address the new demands of the Jordanian FM sector. MEFMA provides a standardized framework for FM professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders, and building owners and occupiers across the Middle East. The association aims to unify the region’s FM industry by conducting research, providing educational programs, and assisting corporate organizations in creating sustainable FM strategies.
Eng. Khozouz concluded: “The domestic FM community plays a vital role in the overall comprehensive development of the Middle East’s industry. As the domestic market consistently adapts to the evolving global FM sector, it continues to reach new milestones and open up opportunities that will bring immense benefits to itself and the entire region. The recently concluded networking event in Jordan was a testament to this commitment.”