Hotels in Dubai will need to act more sustainable thanks to new rules set by Dubai Tourism. The move is part of Dubai’s sustainable tourism vision and outlines 19 requirements that hotels will need to deliver going forward.
Properties will need to look at their use of energy as well as how they manage food and water. Guests checking-in at hotels or resorts in Dubai will also need to be informed about the ongoing eco-friendly initiatives. Training programmes for staff will be set up to help create a sustainably-minded workforce and hotels will need to increase their responsibility when it comes to working with local communities and undertaking co-operate social responsibility programmes.
To ensure the project progresses as intended, each hotel group must set up sustainable committees to oversee activities.
Dubai Tourism will give hotels time to implement the new changes and will not being auditing efforts for 18 months.
Yousuf Lootah, executive director at tourism development & investments, Dubai Tourism said: “The regulated guidelines will help promote energy conservation and efficiency, as well as encourage environmentally sustainable practices across the local tourism inventory.”
Many hotels in the country have already made moves to become more sustainable. JA Lake View, the newest hotel by the JA Hotels group is poised to be a sustainable icon when it opens later this year, while Tryp by Wyndham has the city's first glass water bottle refiling system to eliminate the use of plastic bottles.
The new rules align with the UN’s sustainability goals which specify eco-friendly tourism aims. With plans to welcome 20 million tourists to Dubai in 2020, there’s a rising importance on having strong environmental goals for the city’s tourism industry.