Posted by Bob Brunskill
Two UAE-based hotels - The Palace, The Old Town in Dubai and Miramar Resort in Fujairah - have become the first hotels in the country to sign-up for Green Globe Certification (GGC).
GGC is the worldwide sustainability certification for the tourism industry and more than 800 businesses in 50 countries have so far met its 248 specific standards.
Abdul-Quddus Sheikh, director of engineering at The Palace, The Old Town, which is managed by the Address Hotels & Resorts, is spearheading the certification process for the hotel.
He said that one of the main advantages of achieving GCC approval is a "competitive edge, especially when we are trying to attract environmentally conscious travellers, which is a major travel trend today".
Meanwhile, Daniel Anthony, chief engineer at the Miramar Resort in Fujairah, which is a part of the Iberotel Group, said that developing energy efficient practices would help the hotel to save money, as well as helping to save the environment.
This week, government officials are meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss the challenge of sustainable development across the emirate.