The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, which is located in the Liwa desert, in Abu Dhabi, has been awarded international Green Globe Certification, following a comprehensive sustainability audit conducted by Farnek Consulting.
The 206-room hotel scored highly in all areas.
The room management system which controls air conditioning and lighting has so far this year delivered a 22 per cent reduction in electricity costs and there has been a 37 per cent reduction in propane.
In addition the hotel has launched a waste segregation and recycling room, which creates awareness among all members of staff.
The hotel now recycles 13 per cent of its overall garbage including plastic, glass, paper, cardboard and cooking oil.
The hotel also has its own onsite sewerage treatment plant, drastically reducing water consumption, by reusing grey water to irrigate the hotel grounds.
According to Wael Soueid, general manager of the property, each individual hotel can make a difference and collectively they can have a very positive impact, but management and staff have to remain committed.
“Sustainability is not a fad or a project it has to become integral to the operational procedure.
“We are a desert resort and whenever I look out of my hotel window, I am given a reminder of just how precious our water resources are. So naturally we are all acutely aware of our local environment and we have to accept responsibility for our own carbon footprint,” said Soueid.
“Not only must we reduce our water and energy consumption, we plan and coordinate deliveries from our suppliers to minimise fuel pollution and we manage our own waste, without compromising on guest comfort, or service,” he added.