Posted by Bob Brunskill
The environmental efforts Emirates has made at its Al Maha hotel in Dubai and its other hotels across the globe have earned it a Conservation Award at the World Travel and Tourism Council's (WTTC) international summit.
Commenting on the achievement, WTTC president and chief executive Jean-Claude Baumgarten said that Emirates is a "pioneer" in the fields of sustainable development, wildlife protection and conservation.
Hans Haensel, the airline's senior vice-president of destination and leisure management, said: "Emirates has taken environmental commitments seriously and our resorts and their conservation work form a central focus of our corporate environmental policy.
"Across the whole organisation we are continuing to search for ways to improve environmental performance - on the ground and in the air."
Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa was designed and built following the principles of environmentally sustainable development.
Earlier this month, Khalid bin Sulayem, director general of Dubai Tourism and Commerce, suggested that the hotel sector in Dubai is going to boom in 2010.