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Revolutionizing performance measures and criteria for the facilities management industry in the UAE

Mahmoud Mawed (EGIS, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK) (Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 24 April 2024

Issue publication date: 8 July 2024




Amidst the complicated nature of the UAE’s facilities management (FM) industry, the need to recalibrate the existing performance measurement (PM) system measures and criteria has been resonating to ensure their ability to capture the FM industry trends and dynamics, thus enhancing organizational excellence. Therefore, this research aimed to propose a specific PM tool to the country’s FM industry to accurately assess performance and establish strategic enhancements.


The study reviewed literature on the available PM systems to gather the available measures, which were presented to a focus group of seven participants, who were purposively selected based on their expertise in FM and PM implementation in the UAE to adjust them and add ones relevant to the UAE’s FM industry.


The focus group conducted various changes, from retaining certain measures and criteria, renaming them to simplify or make them more representative of the industry, ranking them based on their importance to limit their numbers, to finally categorizing them as enablers or results. Consequently, the final proposed tool was composed of nine dimensions with 51 measures as performance enablers and three dimensions with 11 measures as performance results. Seven measures were added by the experts, who highlighted their increasing popularity in the UAE’s FM industry.


Through addressing the critical void in literature, this paper develops a specific PM tool aligning with the intricacy of the UAE’s FM industry, thus providing proactive contribution to the industry’s effective and sustainable growth.



Mawed, M. (2024), "Revolutionizing performance measures and criteria for the facilities management industry in the UAE", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 644-662.



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