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Six of Dubai’s most sustainable hotels

Thu, March 11, 2021

With Dubai’s hotels becoming as environmentally-friendly as possible, here are a few that are sure to be a memorable stay.

With Dubai’s hotels becoming as environmentally-friendly as possible, here are a few that are sure to be a memorable stay.

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Desert dreams come true at Al Maha

Nestled among the dunes of a protected nature reserve, Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa is at the heart of an eco-tourism project dedicated to preserving the ecology of the desert. More than 6,000 indigenous trees are planted here, while free-roaming herds of Arabian oryx and other wildlife species were re-introduced as part of continued conservation efforts. Guests often spot roaming oryx, gazelles and birds taking a sip from their private tent's plunge pool. The resort regularly looks at ways to reduce water and energy consumption, while also reducing food waste. Certified by Eco Luxury Retreats of the World, Al Maha also takes great strides in preserving the nation’s cultural heritage through research efforts and purchasing local artefacts.

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Holistic holidays at Anantara The Palm

The whole Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spa luxury hotel group has a focus on sustainable growth, and Anantara The Palm is one of its hotels to have been awarded Green Growth Certification by the Green Growth 2050 council. The hotel worked hard to cut its power consumption by retrofitting LED lighting throughout the property, as well as rethinking how its chilled water systems operate, and cutting the operating hours of high-intensity equipment. Anantara The Palm is now working on reducing its plastic consumption: first to go were plastic keycards – guests now use paper cards instead – as well as plastic stirrers for drinks, along with straws.

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Unbeatable choice at JA Resort

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One of the city's most sustainable options, the three hotels that form JA The Resort in Jebel Ali have gone to great lengths to reduce their environmental footprint. The resort’s hot water needs, from pools to guest rooms, are mostly provided by solar water heating, one of the most efficient uses of renewable energy. They also operate their own desalination and sewage treatment plants, which work in combination to provide fresh water and irrigation water for the grounds. Other sustainability initiatives include reducing food waste by 80% by using it for compost to grow the resort’s own fruit and vegetables, a tree planting drive and an on-site bottling plant that provides complimentary water to guests in reusable bottles.

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Sustainability first at Sofitel Dubai The Palm

Sofitel Dubai The Palm – an award-winning resort under the Accor hospitality group umbrella – puts sustainability well and truly in the spotlight. Guests are encouraged to reuse their towers as Accor plants one tree in deforestation areas for every five towels reused. There's also an efficient recycling campaign for paper, plastic, cardboard, oil and glass, LED energy-saving lighting and carefully-monitored water management affecting real impact – for example, the resort has saved almost 10,000 cubic metres of water simply by having water savers installed in guest rooms and public area taps. Plus with eco-designed materials in rooms and the use of fair trade products, it's easy to see why Sofitel Dubai The Palm consecutively wins top honours in the World Travel Awards' Middle East's Leading Green Hotel category.
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Championing green at Steigenberger Hotel

Located in the Business Bay district, Steigenberger Hotel’s sustainability initiatives gained the property Green Key certification from the Emirates Green Building Council. The hotel uses LED lighting, water limiters and biodegradable detergents, and reuses waste water from its air conditioning system throughout the property. Along with individual strategies, the staff at the Steigenberger Hotel are given responsibility to act sustainably and procure locally wherever possible, helping the hotel stay focused on making its whole operation as environmentally-friendly as possible.

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Budget best at Two Seasons Hotel

A Dubai Sustainability Award winner in the 4-star category, Two Seasons Hotel & Hotel Apartments has been cutting its environmental impact steadily since 2010, an effort which also gained it Green Globe certification. Among its many eco-friendly programmes is the Soap For Hope initiative, which recycles used soap into new bars for communities in India, the Philippines and Africa. The hotel has also cut electricity consumption by 32% and water consumption by 26% since 2010, with more savings in the horizon.

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