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Dubai Tourism Focuses on Sustainability

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | September 27, 2016

Dubai Tourism Focuses on Sustainability

PHOTO: Dubai marina. (courtesy Thinkstock.) 

Is Dubai setting an example for the rest of the tourism industry by decarbonizing its tourism sector?

Dubai Tourism has signed a deal with four companies to reduce the carbon footprint of its tourism industry. 

“Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) said the new initiative is designed not only to help decarbonize the emirate but to position Dubai as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism destinations,” reports Gulf News

Training workshops will be held for tourism stakeholders to advise them on sustainable business practices. 

“Dubai Tourism is proud to have pioneered this local initiative to encourage our stakeholders in the hospitality sector to contribute towards environmental sustainability and, ultimately, a flourishing green economy that will help ensure a healthy emirate for future generations,” Ahmad Khalifa Al Falasi, CEO, Corporate Services and Investments, Dubai Tourism told Gulf News. 

Major industry players reacted positively and with support for the news. 

“Etihad ESCO has developed vast expertise helping its clients save energy in their buildings ... we are pleased and excited to be able to contribute to the initiative by helping Dubai hotels save electricity and water to make them more sustainable and efficient,” said Ali Al Jasem, CEO, Etihad ESCO.

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“The Dubai Sustainable Tourism Initiative is a good example of how public-private partnerships can unite to progress the sustainability agenda in the UAE and deliver tangible results within a key sector,” 

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