Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) have announced the winners of the inaugural Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards at The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City last week. Comprising 17 different categories, the Awards recognise and celebrate the important work of Dubai’s hotels and tourism companies in advancing sustainability within the emirate’s tourism industry.
The awards ceremony was attended by His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism, His Excellency, Ahmad Butti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Waleed Salman, Chairman of Dubai Carbon, Engineer Nagib Mohammed Saleh, Head of Planning Department, Dubai Municipality, Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director – Tourism Development & Investments, Dubai Tourism, hospitality leaders and over 600 players within Dubai’s hospitality and travel sectors.
The Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards received 151 entries from tourism and hotel establishments ranging from five-star hotels and resorts to guest houses and desert camps. The Awards were made up of 10 Main Awards and seven Special Awards. In addition to the 17 winners, Dubai Tourism also honoured the Awards’ three Strategic Partners – Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority – as well as members of the judging panel and the team of experts that carefully evaluated entries.
The Special Awards included a category recognising sustainability leadership, namely the Sustainability Champion. This award was won by Abdul Quddus Sheikh of Armani Hotel.
All submissions were evaluated by a special team of expert assessors from Dubai Tourism, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The top three submissions in each category were then presented to an eminent panel of judges made up of industry experts from DST’s partner organisations. The criteria for selecting the winners revolved around five elements that are crucial for sustainable practices –the optimal use of water, energy and carbon, waste and environmental protection, responsible practices, training and awareness and continuous improvements made by the establishment.
The judging panel comprised Laila Abdullatif, Director General of EWS-WWF; Habiba Almarashi, Co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environment Group (EEG); Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence; Ali Aljassem, CEO of Etihad ESCO Energy Services; and Eng. Faisal Rashid, DSM Director of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
Winners were awarded a trophy and will receive a number of additional accolades and benefits. These include being highlighted as ‘Dubai’s Preferred Sustainable Hotel’ within publications, having the opportunity to be part of further DST-certified sustainability training programmes, and being invited to take part in sustainability thought leadership platforms.
WINNERS OF DUBAI SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARDS 2017
5-STAR (CITY): Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel
5-STAR (RESORT): Sofitel The Palm Hotel
4-STAR: Radisson Blu Hotel – Media City
3-STAR: Suite Novotel Mall of the Emirates
2-STAR: Holiday Inn Express – Dubai Jumeirah
1-STAR: Al Arraf Hotel
HOTEL APARTMENT DELUXE: Savoy Suites
HOTEL APARTMENT STANDARD: Savoy Central Hotel Apartments
GUEST HOUSE: Al Khail Guest House
DESERT CAMP: Arabian Adventures
SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION: Abdul Quddus Sheikh of Armani Hotel
BEST GREEN TEAM: TIME Grand Plaza Hotel
CONSERVATION CHAMPION: Accor Hotel Services Middle East
CSR RECORD HOLDER: Ibis-Novotel-Adagio Al Barsha
GREEN PROCUREMENT PATRON: Fairmont The Palm
BEST RETROFIT IMPLEMENTATION: Fairmont The Palm
RENEWABLE ENERGY LEADER: Platinum Heritage