Dubai: Serious about sustainable events

From desert conservation reserves to green hotels and eco-tourism attractions, Dubai is pioneering initiatives in environmental conservation and sustainability across the tourism ecosystem. It’s easy to be part of the change that needs to happen.

The UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative was launched to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and is having a meaningful effect on much of Dubai’s events infrastructure from sustainable gastronomy, wellness and culture to the extensive solar panels installed at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Meanwhile, Dubai's Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) is committed to contributing to the broader clean energy and sustainable development targets that Dubai has set out to achieve. Its Dubai Sustainable Tourism initiative was established to directly address the tourism’s sector sustainability through the following four pillars: programmes, education, standards and awards.

Eco-friendly hotel initiatives

Hotels across Dubai are striving to become more environmentally aware and demonstrate respect for the planet. Here are just a few examples:
•    The Ritz Carlton, Dubai in JBR has launched a Vertical Farm to create hyper-local dishes
•    Andaz Hotel The Palm is harvesting its own hydroponic produce on-site
•    Al Maha – a Luxury Collection Hotel – is a desert resort and spa whose on-site desert conservation team has reintroduced indigenous fauna and is protecting native plants from grazing
•    Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah is an eco-friendly pioneer with green procurement practices, factoring in social and environmental impacts to all purchasing decisions
•    Bulgari Hotel & Resorts offers a sustainable interpretation of luxury developed according to the best practices in sustainable design set by BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method)
•    Radisson Blu Dubai Creek - awarded the Green Globe certification

The action taken here in the area of sustainability clearly shows that there is a determination to go beyond just words, and to demonstrate action that can make a difference. Among the high-profile projects and initiatives has been the development of the world’s largest single site solar park, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Steen Jakobsen, associate vice president, Dubai Business Events

Sparking change

Three important citywide initiatives having a big environmental impact include:
1.    Dubai Can Initiative - to turn the tide on plastic and inspire mass action to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles; includes drinking water fountains placed across the city
2.    Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 - launched with the purpose of diversifying sources of energy and increasing the clean energy share to 29 per cent
3.    Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve - the UAE’s first national park is a carefully planned rehabilitation centre for nature, to preserve and tend to the city’s beautiful desert habitat.  

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