35-year-old Dubai hotel earns Green Globe status

DUBAI Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, has been awarded Green Globe certification.

The property, which originally opened in 1975, has been officially recognized for its environmentally friendly practices after consulting Dubai-based sustainability experts Farnek Avireal.

“The Green Globe certification audit is based on a number of environmental factors—in all, we had 250 points to address,” says the hotel’s chief engineer, Arthur Rodrigues. “Some of the inefficient old and high-power consuming air-conditioning equipment was replaced, coupled with the energy saving wheel, which cools hot air drawn from outside, before passing it through the hotel chillers. It is always more challenging for an older property to attain such rigorous standards, but considering that, it is so much more rewarding to be recognized for our achievements.”

The Green Globe program has primarily been used in the travel and tourism industry but is now being expanded to include a growing number of environmentally responsible businesses in a variety of market sectors. The GGC stamp of approval is an ideal symbol for the world’s increasing awareness of environmental responsibility and response to global climate change.

“We had already completed a number of sustainability initiatives, such as energy and resource saving, the use of biodegradable chemicals and recycling initiatives, but achieving Green Globe status will now have a positive effect on every aspect of the hotel operation,” Rodrigues says.