UAE's tourism industry shows its true colour: Green
July 12, 2011
It has been unanimously decided that ‘Sustainability’ will be the top agenda’ of the travel trade at the World Green Tourism 2011. It will be the very first commercial conference and exhibition to promote sustainable tourism and initiate ‘green’ practices.
Abu Dhabi has long term plans for sustainable tourism. As a part of its Plan 2030, it is developing its resorts, hotels, golf courses and cultural destinations on the same lines. They are working towards helping the local community while growing the tourism products, strength by strength. It’s aspiring to reduce its hotels’ energy usage by 10 per cent, water usage by 20 per cent and landfill waste volume by 20 per cent.
The second edition of the event that was launched in the UAE in November of last year, will take place in Abu Dhabi on December 5- 7. The focus of the exhibition will be sustainable technology, engineering advances, ‘green’ and clean energy and energy saving devices.
Dubai’s hospitality industry is also putting its best foot forward to reduce the region’s carbon footprint. Launched in 2009 by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the first round of Dubai Green Tourism Award attracted 79 hotels and 450 general managers to participate in workshops and seminars.
A variety of sustainable initiatives are underway to support many of the UAE’s newest accommodations’ objective of environmental responsibility. For example, the Hyatt Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi, leaning 18 degrees westward, will use a double glass facade to reduce 5 percent of the building’s heat, hence lowering energy bills.
The Moroccan-style property in Fujairah, Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort has received Green Globe Award this year for attaining desirable results in sustainable tourism. Miramar is the first hotel on the UAE’s East Coast and first beach resort in the Emirates to receive this certification.
Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi is focussed on conserving water and energy, controling waste among others. The hotel has been awarded the ‘Best Environment Hotel in MENA’ and plans to continue setting an example within the hospitality industry.
What the UAE is doing today is truly visionary. The state and major stakeholders are making considerable investments in alternative energy production and water and waste management. All of these are key aspects for achieving outstanding results, and all have been noticed and recognized by prestigious institutions – most notably by the Green Key, a global eco-label for the leisure industry.