Monday, April 6, 2009

Hospitality is going Green

I came across a global hospitality insights report and was amazed by how fast and expensive hospitality is going green in the Middle East especially in Abu-Dhabi and Dubai, and thought it might be interesting for people in the business.

According to the report: Last year, 2008, Abu Dhabi launched Estidama, initiative devised to make Abu Dhabi the sustainability capital of the Middle East. Under Estidama guidelines, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company is building the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city, named “Masdar City: and is anticipated to include an environmentally friendly and sustainable hotel. The US$22 billion project, which is master-planned by Foster + Partners, is anticipated to house 50,000 people when completed in 2015 and is anticipated to include an environmentally friendly and sustainable hotel. The City will be the latest of a small number of highly planned, specialized, research and technology-intensive municipalities that incorporate a living environment, similar to Novosibirsk, Russsia or Tsukuba, Japan.

Other emirates are following the trend. In Ras Al Khaimah, Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture office is developing the “Gateway Eco City,” an over- 400 million-square foot development powered by cutting-edge solar power and designed to be entirely sustainable. Like Masdar City, the program consists of multiple retail, office, mixed-use, residential and hotel developments, among other buildings and uses.

Dubai recently unveiled its mammoth ecological project “Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens,” an 800 million-square foot project, estimated to cost approximately US$55 billion, and to comprise four clusters and 73% greenery. Dubai also launched an eco-initiative to encourage hotels to reduce their CO2 emissions by 20% by 2011. The initiative focuses on conservation of natural resources and sensible use of energy, water and gas.

Click here to view the report and read more about going green with hospitality all over the world.

1 comment:

GoSustaino said...

Ah, the classic Masdar city! I've written about this potential sustainable city. Are we still counting the days?

Great post!


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