“Continued confidence, but the start of a shift away from a growth at any price, and perhaps a period of consolidation.”

This was how BIFM’s Senior International Business Development Manager Neil Everitt characterised the mood of the moment from the results of this year’s Middle East Business Confidence Monitor, published today.

He continued:

“The dynamic nature of the FM market in the region will see opportunities continue to emerge with the most successful organisations delivering FM solutions by adopting new technologies and investing in developing skilled teams.”

Now in its fourth year, this research collaboration between the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), and FM EXPO examines the GCC’s facilities management (FM) industry from the perspective of the people who work in it.

The responses offer a snapshot of the GCC facilities management market’s confidence and concerns; bringing us insight on how things stand today as well as a glimpse at the industry’s prospects for the next 12 months.

As the FM industry continues to mature and develop in the region, it is interesting to see the consistency of the responses across the years and to spot the trends that are starting to influence the work of the sector in this region.

What’s new for 2018 is a hint of uncertainty. By no means a dramatic shift, but undoubtedly a new wait and see approach influencing how some see the industry’s prospects. 

Portfolio Director for FM EXPO, Nathan Waugh, comments:

“Looking at the report findings, there is no better time that now for FM professionals to explore advances across their global market. The local FM community is showing confidence as it anticipates positive changes on the horizon - being equipped with fresh insight into wider industry trends, challenges and solutions will enable all stakeholders to fully embrace upcoming opportunities in the region.”

By acquiring the right skills and knowledge now, a mature market for FM can position itself to support the built environment as it faces pressure to perform better, use less energy and be more sustainable can be a powerful force for economic and social good. 

As we are seeing in more mature markets today, where emerging technologies become a greater part of how this is achieved, effective skilled-up FM has a real opportunity to support the business challenges of the future.

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About BIFM

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is the professional body for facilities management. Founded in 1993, it promotes excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society. Supporting and representing over 17,000 members around the world, both individual FM professionals and organisations, and thousands more through qualifications and training.

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About The Big 5

The Big 5 is the construction event providing leading-edge innovation, knowledge, and business opportunities for industry players around the world to connect, grow, and succeed.

Taking place annually in Dubai since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of emerging markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions.

The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle; not only does it showcase products across dedicated sectors, it also runs alongside nine specialised events enabling industry professionals to source building solutions from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, the Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo.

The event includes high-level summits, practical seminars, CPD-certified workshops, and The Big 5 Impact Awards to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. 


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About dmg events

dmg events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.

We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business through face-to-face events.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events. For more information visit

About DMGT

DMGT manages a portfolio of companies that provide businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, events, news and entertainment. The Group takes a long-term approach to investment and has market-leading positions in consumer media, insurance risk, property information, education technology, energy information and events & exhibitions. In total, DMGT generates revenues of around £1 billion.