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DTCM Director General Opens ’Environment Garden’ At Jebel Ali Golf Resort And Spa
(29 February 2012)
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Mr. Khalid A bin Sulayem, Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), opened ‘Environment Garden’ set up by Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa today in the presence of officials from DTCM, UNEP, UNESCO, hoteliers and participants of a workshop on Green Tourism which concluded after a three-day run.

On behalf of DTCM, he also planted a native tree at the unique garden whose produce will be used by the hotel chefs in the preparation of food for the guests. He also signed a plaque which will be placed around the tree, reflecting the partnership between DTCM and hospitality industry for Green Tourism initiatives.

Mr. bin Sulayem commended the efforts and dedication of the hotel towards environmentally sustainable tourism and said that this will encourage other hotels to follow Green initiatives.

Mr. Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, DTCM Executive Director Business Development and Media Relations Division, Ms. Shaikha Al Mutawa, DTCM Director of Business Development and Chairperson of the Dubai Green Tourism Awards Organising Committee, Mr. Majid Al Marri, DTCM Director of Licensing and Member of Dubai Green Tourism Award Organising Committee, and Mr. Fredrik Reinisch, General Manager of Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, were present on the occasion of the launch of Environment Park.

Mr. Frederick said at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa it is the responsibility of each and every associate to contribute and promote Eco practices and lead by example.

The hotel’s landscape and gardens including the entire golf course are irrigated with recycled water through by our onsite treatment plant since 1981 and it has been using its own desalination plant to desalinise all water used throughout the Resort since 2001. Conserving water is aided by the Sewage Treatment Plant providing recycled water for our 128 acres of gardens and 9-hole golf course since 1981 and the Storage capacity and was increased in 1998 with the extension of PTC.

Solar water heating system is installed and used for the Associate Accommodation since 1998. All taps throughout the resort have been fitted with diffusers since 1997. The hotel replaced the existing bulbs for the Public Areas and corridors with Energy Saving bulbs in 2008 while all the guest rooms, lobby and lift landing areas are fitted with LED lights since 2010. All the walkway bridges around Palm Tree Court accommodation and the golf course signage’s are made from eco-wood.

The tourism regulatory body chief also attended the proceedings of the concluding day of the three-day environment training workshop titled Green Tourism in GCC- Between Hope and Reality- organized by the DTCM at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa.

Earlier, DTCM officials said the Green Tourism initiatives launched by DTCM has been helping the hospitality industry in the Arabian Gulf region’s tourism hub in reducing the consumption of electricity and water. Tourism has been playing an increasingly important socio-economic role in the economies of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in the recent years with Dubai maintaining a market leading position.

In 2009, the DTCM launched Dubai Green Tourism Award to encourage five, four and three star hotels reduce hotel carbon emissions by 20 per cent. The award submissions for this year were extended to include two-star hotels and standard hotel apartments. The department has shortlisted 23 hotel establishments for the 2011 awards programme. Hotels and hotel apartments are assessed for a wide range of environmental, economic and social issues, including energy saving, nature conservation and community involvement.

The department would conduct benchmark studies with seven destinations including the Boston, Portland, Puerto Rico, Macao, South Africa and Melbourne, about the operation of green awards and eco-attractions.

The number of Dubai hotel establishments participating in the Green Initiatives has increased to 104 in 2011 from 70 in 2009. Similarly, the participating hotels managed to cut down consumption of electricity by seven per cent in 2009 and 12 per cent in 2011 and water by 12 and 20 per cent in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The number of Green Teams in hotel establishments also went up from 160 in 2009 to 576 in 2011.

The three-day seminar was attended by officials from UNEP, UNESCO, hoteliers, environmentalists and media representatives from the GCC states.

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