Qatar’s Property Sector Unites to Develop Professional Expertise

Jenny Malem
Project and cost management consultancy Faithful+Gould hosted the first Doha-based continuing professional development (CPD) event of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The event introduced the new RICS national association board in Qatar, which brings together a panel of property experts whose first task will be to raise awareness about the importance of RICS global professional standards and the benefits for clients and society, as a whole to choose the most qualified, resourced and regulated property professionals in the market.

More than 200 people attended the knowledge sharing and networking event at the Oryx Rotana Hotel, including RICS members and representatives from client organisations, contractors and academia.

The RICS provides the world's leading professional qualification in land, property and construction, as well as setting and regulating the highest standards of competence among its members in the industry.

“As a business we have always been a keen supporter of RICS as part of our commitment to complying with its strict codes of practice which protect the consumer interest and promote client confidence. We’re delighted to have been able to host the first RICS CPD event in Qatar and the fabulous turnout illustrates the appetite to ensure levels of professional services are constantly developing.”

Mark Rudman, Faithful+Gould’s Director in Qatar

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a commitment by RICS members to continually update their skills and knowledge in order to remain professionally competent. The event was the first in a series of expert lectures provided by Faithful+Gould, the first company in the Middle East to be regulated by RICS.

Topics discussed included programme management and cost planning, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and RICS global ethical standards.

Mark Rudman, Faithful+Gould’s director in Qatar said: “As a business we have always been a keen supporter of RICS as part of our commitment to complying with its strict codes of practice which protect the consumer interest and promote client confidence. We’re delighted to have been able to host the first RICS CPD event in Qatar and the fabulous turnout illustrates the appetite to ensure levels of professional services are constantly developing.”

In the Middle East & Africa Region RICS has established national associations and local member groups in Bahrain, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and now Qatar.

Jim Drysdale, RICS director added: “We’ve been very encouraged by the support given to this event from across Qatar’s property sector, and it was a great platform from which to launch our national association board. Our mission is to provide a solid platform for real estate professionals to raise standards at a global level with local relevance. In this regard, we look forward to working with government, regulators, local institutions and professional bodies to develop high standards and best practice in Qatar.”

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