Burj Al Arab awarded Green Globe Certification

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Burj Al Arab celebrates Green Globe Certification

Burj Al Arab celebrates Green Globe Certification ©Jumeirah Group

Burj Al Arab has proved that luxury can be green. Following a comprehensive sustainability audit, the hotel has now added the Green Globe Certification (GGC) to its long list of accolades. 

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition that reinforces our commitment to sustainable practices”, said Heinrich Morio, General Manager at 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”.

Burj Al Arab impressed throughout all areas of the operational audit. In particular, it excelled in water usage reduction, grey water recycling, as well as in managing its energy output and carbon footprint.

Sandrine Le Biavant, Director at Farnek Consultancy, GGC’s Middle East partner, added: “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, Burj Al Arab has been recognised for its seven-star sustainability”.

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, many fitted with satellite tags to allow marine biologists further insight into their migratory patterns.

Other areas that came under the scrutiny of the Green Globe audit included health and safety, human resource development, training, procurement and waste management.

GGC is the premier worldwide sustainability stamp for the tourism industry and is made up of 337 compliance indicators applied to 41 individual sustainability criteria. The Green Globe Standard is a structured assessment of the sustainability performance of travel and tourism businesses and their supply chain partners. 

 

Media release supplied by the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Southern Africa

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