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UAE's Time Hotels portfolio receives Green Key award

All hotels in group's portfolio to receive Green Key in recognition of continued sustainability initiatives

Staff at TIME Oak Hotels & Suites – Barsha Heights, celebrate the Green Key certification, which was awarded to all Time Hotels properties.
Staff at TIME Oak Hotels & Suites – Barsha Heights, celebrate the Green Key certification, which was awarded to all Time Hotels properties.

UAE-headquartered hospitality company, Time Hotels Management, has added further environmental accolades with the announcement that it has achieved Green Key status for all of its hotels and hotel apartments across the hospitality groups’ portfolio.

The Green Key award is a voluntary eco-label that represents a commitment by hospitality and tourism establishments to adhere to the strict criteria as stipulated by the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC).

To qualify for the award, Time hotels had to pass an exhaustive audit, which recognised it’s contribution towards eco-friendly programmes, such as energy and water-saving initiatives, as well as waste management projects, all of which help to reduce its hotels’ carbon footprint, limiting its negative effect on the environment.

Time Hotels CEO Mohamed Awadalla said: “The ethos of Time Hotels is built on pursuing an active sustainability strategy that gain stakeholder traction, without whom, we would not be able to incorporate the various initiatives, events and programmes across our entire portfolio.

“We are no strangers to Green Key certification, but it is testament to the team that we refuse to rest on our laurels and continue to strive to become a more responsible corporate citizen,” he added.

Time Oak Hotel and Suites, Time Grand Plaza Hotel, Time Ruby Hotel Apartments, Time Opal Hotel Apartments, Time Topaz Hotel Apartments and Time Crystal Hotel Apartments were all successful in the latest round of Green Key assessments.

The annual Green Key award also promotes awareness and encourages the creation of behavioural changes in guests, staff and suppliers, as well as applauding increased use of environmentally-friendly and sustainable concepts and applications within hotel operations.

The audit addressed 12 key areas, which not only covered energy-saving, water conservation, waste management systems and the indoor environment, but also staff involvement and guest awareness.

Improvements of between 5%-10% had to be achieved, before certification would be renewed.

Beyond Green Key, Time Hotels has previously participated in the EEG Can Collection Campaign, with a total of 14 kilograms/4,500 cans collected over a period of two months.

Earlier in the year, Time Hotels partnered with SGE UAE to introduce a new corporate initiative aimed at restructuring engineering across its GCC properties.

The engineering solution, which provides a central point for procurement and purchasing, tracks all maintenance work carried out throughout the Time Hotels portfolio of properties.

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