Across two power-packed days, more than 250 key industry veterans gained critical insights on future technologies at the inaugural edition of the Smart Facilities Middle East (SFM 2021) held last month at Sofitel The Palm in Dubai.

Convened by Aldrich International, SFM 2021 spearheaded discussions addressing the theme of “Gearing Up for the Future, Developing Sustainable Facility Management Strategies” and covered the Middle East’s comprehensive facilities management (FM) industry comprising visionary keynote presentations, the latest technologies and digitalisation and AI focused tracks.

The event kickstarted on August 18 with the interactive session on the role of FM in carbon reduction moderated by David Carey from the Institute of Workplace & Facility Management; Louise Collins, JLL Mena & James Grinnell from the Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau (RSB Dubai).

A highlight of the conference was the panel on the Covid-19 impact on the  FM industry that saw an exchange of thoughts Abu Dhabi Ports Group, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Aramex and CBRE.