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Region's first solar powered hotel breaks ground

The hotel, which is expected to be fully operational by 2018, will be the first hotel in the Middle East to be completely operated by solar power

The hotel will be the first hotel in the Middle East to be completely operated by solar power.
The hotel will be the first hotel in the Middle East to be completely operated by solar power.

Construction on the 153-room Hotel Indigo in Dubai’s Sustainable City is set to begin.

The hotel, which is expected to be fully operational by 2018, will be the first hotel in the Middle East to be completely operated by solar power, according to Hotelier Middle East, citing a Gulf News report.

Diamond Developers CEO Faris Saeed, said: "We have the final architectural design and work will start within weeks.”

The hotel, operating under IHG's lifestyle boutique brand Indigo, will rely heavily on a farm-to-table philosophy, with around 60 to 70% of the hotel’s fresh produce needs, such as herbs and vegetables, being sourced from an adjoining farm, Saeed said.

In addition, all the water from the hotel will be utlilised for landscaping.

Three Indigo-branded hotels are currently under development in the GCC, including two in Dubai and one in Riyadh.

The hotel chain is developing the Hotel Indigo Dubai Business Bay at an estimated total investment of $62.6m (AED230m), located near the city’s downtown area.

Shapoorji Pallonji was appointed as Hotel Indigo Dubai Business Bay main contractor in July 2016.

 

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