The Facilities Management Leaders’ Summit is set to return on the opening day of the FM Expo Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo scheduled to be held from January 14-16, 2018 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events.

The 2017 launch edition of the FM Expo Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo attracted more than 1,300 industry professionals from around the world. Organised by MICE Arabia and co-organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, the event is co-located with HVACR Expo Saudi.

This year industry experts from different continents will follow an agenda focused on emerging trends and established best practices within the regional facilities management sector. The summit will drive operational efficiencies and cost effectiveness in a changing Saudi market.

“If you talk with 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,” says FM Expo Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo event director Alexis Wheatley.

He adds: “A high-level and informative congress like the Facilities Management Leaders’ Summit is essential 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 as well as the big project opportunities for the FM industry,” he adds.

The summit will be opened by a panel of FM experts; namely Ian MacQuarrie, facilities management director in construction services KSA at AECOM, Ibrahim Al-Buloushi country head of KSA for JLL MENA, and Richard Naylor chief executive of Cushman & Wakefield Middle East.

Heading the ‘Macro Market Trends and Updates’ segment of the summit, the discussion will introduce visitors to the evolving facilities management market in Saudi Arabia; it will identify key targets set within Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, and examine the impact that imminent changes in building policy and regulation will have towards the facilities management sector.

Adrian Jarvis is the director of FSI Middle East — a renowned tech firm that offers top FM companies with its CAFM solutions — together with Jason Reuhland, chief executive of Reuhland, will explore the latest updates in building automation and connectivity and how it can be used in the FM industry.

In addition to the panel sessions, keynote speakers covering the KSA FM market landscape will include Eng. Sabri Asfour, general manager of FAS Energy who will evaluate how renewable energy sources can improve operational efficiency.

Meanwhile, Michael Moore operations director/principle consultant at Cushman & Wakefield Middle East will provide insight into the impact of privatisation on the industry.

A second segment in the summit will feature ‘Spotlight Sessions’ covering the emerging education, medical, hospitality and transport sectors in Saudi Arabia. These sessions will not only deliver case-studies of updated FM projects, but will also provide visitors with unique insight into contract opportunities for third parties to win in the country.

Included in these sessions will be Abdulaziz al Omair, vice president — facilities management for Tatweer Buildings, an FM strategy provider for 30,000 schools in KSA.

Furthermore, Turki Al Sydlani, director general/commercial operation Directorate at General Authority Civil Aviation will speak on the ongoing privatisation of all airports and the opportunities it will produce for the FM market.

As well as the summit, the event will feature additional CPD (continued professional development) certified free-to-attend workshops across all three days. These will cover updated industry topics such as legionella, the emergence of the Internet of Things, and shifting financial influencers like privatisation and VAT.

A MEFMA report released in Q3 2017 stated that Saudi Arabia has the largest market for FM services in the GCC to date, accounting for a value share of about 55% in the region’s FM market in 2016. The report also states that the expansion of small to medium scale FM providers will help stimulate the development and promotion of KSA’s small and medium enterprises.

The Saudi market’s current value of the FM sector stands at $20.3bn. However, experts in the field have claimed that the actual value of the current market is about a third of that valuation. The MEFMA report also suggests that the FM sector will play a huge role in the diversification of the economy.