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MAF Properties gains two new LEED rankings

Al Futtaim Properties recognised for 'high-performing green buildings'

Kempinski hotel at Mall of The Emirates
Kempinski hotel at Mall of The Emirates

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Majid Al Futtaim Properties has announced that two of its properties - the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates and the Fujairah City Centre mall - have scored environmental accreditations.

The Kempinski hotel has been awarded a LEED EB: O&M (Existing Business: Operations & Maintenance) accreditation - the first hotel in the region to gain this recognition. It also became only the second hotel in the UAE to achieve LEED Gold status.

Fujairah City Centre mall, meanwhile, became the first building in Fujairah to achieve LEED Gold accreditation

Majid al Futtaim Properties' new CEO George Kostas said: "Sustainability is at the core of our business embedded at the centre of everything we do – from building design and environmental management to the standards which we require from our tenants, contractors and suppliers.

"From our perspective, sustainability in all its forms across environmental, economic and social is a business imperative."

Al Futtaim said that in a three-year period to 2012, its hotel portfolio had achieved a 15% drop in energy consumption, 14% in water conservation and a 10% rise in its recycling rate .

Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, added: “We have made significant strides in the past few years, but we have a long way to go. Our aim is not only to be a regional leader in CSR and sustainability, but an international example for companies seeking to fundamentally anchor their business in responsible practices.”

Al Futtaim’s Beirut City Centre mall has also been awarded LEED Silver accreditation.

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