Burj Al Arab recognised for its sustainability
Hotel has been awarded the prestigious Green Globe Certification
The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai has been awarded the international Green Globe Certification (GGC) following a comprehensive sustainability audit conducted by Dubai-based consultancy Farnek, GGC’s preferred partner in the Middle East.
The Burj Al Arab, which has been repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, can now add the Green Globe Certification to its long list of accolades, proving that luxury can be green.
“We are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition that reinforces our commitment to sustainable practices”, said Heinrich Morio, general manager, Burj Al Arab. “The certificate is a testament to Burj Al Arab’s dedication to ensuring that green policies are at the heart of our business and that they are an essential part of our long-term business strategy”.
Sandrine Le Biavant, director, consultancy, Farnek, said: “For over a decade, the stunning sail-shaped hotel has been an iconic symbol of modern Dubai and its flourishing hospitality industry. Now, with the Green Globe award, the Burj Al Arab has been recognised for its seven-star sustainability.”
The Burj Al Arab impressed throughout all areas of the operational audit. In particular, the hotel excelled in water usage reduction, grey water recycling, and managing its energy output by regulating room temperature in the suites and carbon footprint.
Others areas that came under the scrutiny of the Green Globe audit included health and safety, human resource development, training, procurement and waste management.
The hotel’s environmental efforts were also praised. Its Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, launched in 2004 in close collaboration between the Dubai Wildlife Protection Office, Jumeirah Group, Central Veterinary Research Laboratory and a team of specialised veterinarians, has helped to return hundreds of sea turtles back into the wild, with many fitted with satellite tags to allow marine biologists further insight into their migratory patterns.
Apart from the sea turtle rehabilitation centre, the hotel management team encourages staff participation in other local community initiatives such as breast cancer awareness campaigns, beach clean-ups and mobile phone collections.