The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and International Facility Management Association (IFMA) will conduct the second World Workplace Forum in Dubai.

The event will bring 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.

This year’s event will be held under the theme: ‘We are FM: Defining FM & Transforming the Built Environment’.

The event will feature the 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. Smith is responsible for the facility management, critical environments, planning and other facilities services and will be sharing his knowledge and insight with the Middle East market. 

In his role Smith oversees a team that is responsible for the facility management, critical environments, planning and other facilities services at one of the most innovative companies in the world.

He oversees a team responsible for the facility management, critical environments, planning and other facilities services at one of the most innovative companies in the world.

Robert Jackson, regional director, RICS said: “It is essential that the industry embraces a model of strategic asset management to enable the region to manage its ambitious growth and asset stock effectively.

“Ensuring this strategic mindset is applied to the building lifecycle, will increase value and productivity from the region’s assets. We look forward to welcoming an international delegation of high profile senior professionals, FM experts and decision makers who will explore how international best practices can influence asset management strategies in the region.”

The one-day 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 industry support to meet the growing demands of the 25 million FM practitioners around the world.

The first edition of the World Workplace Forum was held in May 2017.