The Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels in Dubai’s vibrant Downtown district have been awarded the prestigious Green Globe Certification (GGC), following an exhaustive sustainability audit conducted by Farnek Avireal, GGC’s exclusive partner in the Middle East.

Part of Emaar Hospitality Group’s UAE portfolio of hotels, the sister properties entered the international certification process as part of the group’s commitment to supporting the emirate’s transition towards a green economy.

According to Sandrine Le Biavant, Division Manager, Farnek Avireal, both hotels demonstrated clear leadership and drive in adopting policies and initiatives to minimise their impact on the environment with the implementation of long-term sustainability management systems and a solid waste management plan in operation.
“The two properties have adopted sustainability practice across virtually every aspect of the daily operation. Purchasing policies favor the sourcing of environmentally friendly products for building materials, capital goods, food, and consumables, with packaging kept at minimum levels and a strong commitment to furthering local supplier partnerships,” remarked Le Biavant.

“Green Globe Certification is aligned with our strategy to promote sustainable development and environmental conservation, with a focus on saving energy and water, across our properties and supports the UAE’s Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative,” said Steven Viard, General Manager, Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels.

“All properties within our diverse hospitality portfolio deliver on Emaar Hospitality Group’s commitment to offer the ultimate lifestyle experience to our guests, while upholding our focus on sustainability,” he added.

The hotels are already active members of the Emirates Environmental Group and were joint runners up at the Dubai Green Tourism Awards 2011/12, with Qamardeen Hotel a previous award winner in 2009/10. There are a number of green initiatives being implemented by the hotel’s including having spillage controls in place for all chemicals used and making sure that these chemicals are bio-degradable and environmentally friendly. The hotels also use environmentally friendly guest room amenities such as shampoos, soaps and shower gels.

The sustainability and conservation message is also drilled home at guest level, with a comprehensive communications strategy in place to raise awareness of environmental issues both within and outside the property, including information on preserving and respecting the local environment and the UAE’s rich cultural heritage.
Commenting on the announcement, Green Globe Certification CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “Both properties complied with an impressive 83% against the strict GGC criteria. With an increased number of Dubai’s green infrastructure projects yielding positive economic benefits, Dubai’s own Green Economy Partnership programme will strengthen sustainability guidelines to effectively drive a reduction in carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency, and encourage water conservation.”
GGC is the premier worldwide sustainability stamp for the tourism industry and more than 800 businesses in 50 countries have so far met the 337 exacting standards. Farnek Avireal currently has the exclusive rights to utilise the Green Globe brand, covering tourism properties within 20 different countries throughout the Middle East.

GGC certified hotels can also have access to Farnek Avireal’s web-based Hotel Optimiser technology, which enables them to track their performance of energy and water consumption as well as non-recyclable waste production, calculate their CO2 emissions and analyse the savings on operational costs.

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