Posted by Bob Brunskill
Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has launched what it claims is the first "green service station" in the Middle East at the Emirates Hills neighbourhood in Dubai.
The company said the new eco-friendly service station, which has a range of features aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of users, underscores its commitment to sustainable development initiatives within the UAE.
Among the green features at the station are devices to contain petrol fumes released at the pump, solar-powered lighting, a "waterless" car-washing system, new waste segregation systems and design upgrades to reduce noise pollution.
Saeed Abdullah Khoory, ENOC's chief executive officer, said that the green station complemented the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, to drive sustainable development with a focus on the environment.
"With the opening of the station, we are setting a trend not only in the UAE but also across the Middle East," he added.