Dubai's tourism department has launched its first ever green tourism award in its drive to incorporate the best environmental practices within the emirate's booming tourism sector.
Through the award, the department has encouraged tourism industry stakeholders to demonstrate a firm commitment towards reducing the impact of their business on the environment.
Hotels were invited to participate in the award programme and their business practices were assessed for a wide range of environmental, economic and social issues, including energy saving, nature conservation and community involvement.
The department says that the response of the hospitality industry has been highly encouraging, with a total of 79 applications submitted for the debut edition of the award. A judging panel then selected 18 of Dubai's greenest hotels and hotel apartments for recognition.
Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, the tourism department's executive director of media relations, said: "We are providing an opportunity to the tourism industry to keep pace with changing patternsthe tourism sector fuels Dubai's economy."
Such an initiative will encourage further investment in Dubai's flourishing tourism sector. Last week Dubai International Airport announced that it had maintained its double-digit growth for the sixth consecutive month as it recorded a 12.6 per cent increase in passenger traffic in November.