Growth drivers under focus at KSA Confex 2017

Updated 07 October 2017
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Growth drivers under focus at KSA Confex 2017

The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) will put the spotlight anew on a range of contemporary issues and growth drivers that are influencing the regional facilities management (FM) industry when it hosts this year’s edition of the premier Saudi Arabia Confex.
Set to take place on Monday and Tuesday, at the Movenpick Hotel in Riyadh, the event will gather world-renowned FM experts and leaders to tackle major topics of national and international importance, including sustainability, smart cities, innovation, disruptive technologies, job creation opportunities, and human capital development. The Riyadh event is to be staged against the backdrop of the thriving Saudi FM community, which, according to industry reports, now accounts for 55 percent of the entire Middle East FM sector. The local sector’s value currently stands at $20.3 billion.
Ali Al-Suwaidi, vice president of MEFMA, said: “The upcoming Saudi Arabia Confex 2017 will bring to light the significant role of integrated, quality, and professional FM services in today’s world of rapid technological innovations, connectivity, and smart initiatives. Participating global decision and policy makers as well as key stakeholders will discuss, among others, the latest global FM trends and developments to determine which of these factors are greatly transforming the local and regional FM communities and how FM experts such as ourselves can further capitalize on opportunities to improve the Middle East’s competitiveness in terms of competencies, knowledge, and services.”
Al-Suwaidi added: “In the KSA market, in particular, we will dig deeper to establish the best ways to reinforce the FM community to make sure that it is aligned with the goals and objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. Given its importance, Saudi Arabia Confex 2017 will see the high-level participation of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh. We look forward to an exciting edition this year.”
Activities for MEFMA’s Saudi Arabia Confex 2017 will be split across two days — workshops to be held on the first day, conference and exhibition on the second day. The discussions during the workshop, “Facilities Management Benchmarking toward more Sustainable Investments,” will be led by Peter Prischl, managing director — Drees & Sommer International.
The second workshop, which is entitled, “The Transformation into Saudi Smart Cities — Vision 2030,” will be spearheaded by Al-Suwaidi.


Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Stunt driver Terry Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb.
Updated 19 July 2018
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Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Land Rover and international stunt driver Terry Grant smashed a world record at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a two-wheel speed run in the new Range Rover Sport SVR. Grant’s 2:24.5 run up the famous hillclimb broke Grant’s old record for a mile traveled in a car on two wheels, set in 2011, by more than 30 seconds.
Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb as he set the new Guinness World Record time.
Grant snatched the record in a dramatic last gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon, having attempted four runs earlier in the weekend, none of which Grant managed to complete.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is a 575hp performance SUV, capable of 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph — with four wheels on the road, at least. The Range Rover Sport only required one modification for the world record run, a tweak to its differential to allow the car to deliver more power to the two wheels on the ground — both of which were pumped up to 90PSI.
Grant is a multiple world-record holder, with 25 Guinness World Records already to his name, and with this latest record, Grant has bested a 2:55 run that he himself set at Goodwood in 2011.
Stunt driver Grant said: “It really shouldn’t be underestimated how difficult a two-wheeled speed run like this is; you are always fighting to keep the car balanced right on the edge, as it tries to tip either one way or the other. You need to be conscious of everything, from the camber of the road to the strength of the wind. Thankfully, conditions were excellent and the Range Rover Sport SVR was the perfect precision tool for the job.”
The world record was not the only amazing Land Rover moment of the Festival of Speed, as 70 historic and important Land Rovers took to the hill in what was the largest batch of cars to ever tackle the famous route in one go. From 1948 to 2018, the parade of cars celebrated 70 years of one of Britain’s most iconic automotive brands.