Sustainability of Middle East
Our hotels in the Middle East have embraced the commitment of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to become sustainable and socially responsible organisations that care for the environment and give back to local communities. Quality and reliability are fundamental in guiding the company towards sustainable business practices. Since the introduction of Green Globe certification for our Middle East Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts properties, energy and water have been saved, community assistance initiatives have been devised, new technology implemented and alternative energy sources pursued.
During 2012, our Middle East hotels recorded significant water savings and reductions of greenhouse gases. The benefits are roughly equivalent to saving one Olympic pool of water per week and saving enough energy to power a 200-room hotel for one and a half years. We continuously hold events that raise funds for worthy causes, facilitate and make donations to charities, while also supporting our local communities.
We invite you to watch the following video for more details about our Green Globe initiatives.
Below are some of the best practices implemented by our hotels and resorts.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
Using solar energy
With sustainability as a priority, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea is the first hotel in the Middle East to use solar-powered club cars for guest transportation within the resort. Fully charged solar cars operate up to seven hours with the energy provided by a solar cell roof. This is about three times longer than cars operating on a conventional rechargeable battery, as calculated over an operational period of one month. The Green Globe certified hotel was awarded the Green Globe Highest Achievement Award 2012 for the Middle East region and received an award in the category ‘Best Sustainable Hotel for Jordan’ by The Arabian Hotel Awards 2012.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Reducing utility consumption
Focussing on three key areas to lower its environmental impact, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach keeps its eye on energy, water and waste. The hotel monitors its energy consumption on a daily basis and identifies potential areas for saving. It has introduced LED lighting, controls temperatures in various areas of the hotel and raises awareness among employees about saving measures. In 2011 and 2012, the hotel reduced around 200,000 KWH in electricity and 190,000 RTH in district cooling despite higher occupancy levels. In the same period, the hotel also saved enough water to fill three Olympic-sized swimming pools by optimising the hot water circulation efficiency. Waste recycling is also a priority for the hotel.
Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai
Introducing Green Wrap Technology
Green Wrap Technology helps to reduce electricity consumption and an organisation’s carbon footprint, as well as providing protection against sandstorms and additional shading. In its efforts to increase the reliability of the hotel’s air cooling chillers, Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai introduced Green Wrap Technology and tackled the challenging task of installing the steel framework and filtration. At the end of the project the hotel also achieved a 10 degree Celsius air temperature drop.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba
Using solar energy
Privileged to be in a destination that enjoys almost year-round sunshine, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba has taken advantage of Jordan’s bountiful solar surplus by investing in solar panels a year after opening. The resort also addressed the challenge of water scarcity with its unique ‘backwash process’, which re-uses the water of the swimming pools and jacuzzis for irrigation. These efforts have resulted in the resort being recognised by Green Globe and Green Key as an environment-friendly organisation that implements sustainable practices in its daily operations.
Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida'a Kuwait
Installing energy and water saving devices
In 2011, Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait launched and completed several programmes in water and electricity conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency. With its goal being the overall reduction of energy use and greenhouse emissions, the hotel commenced with its project of installing water saving devices and energy saving light bulbs throughout the property. This initiative helped the hotel to reduce its annual electricity consumption by 20% and water consumption by just over 10%.
Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba
Raising awareness of sustainable tourism
Committed to sustainability, Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba has implemented several programmes to achieve Green Globe certification, Blue Flag certification, Green Key, HACCP and ISO 22000 certification. The hotel also hosted a World Tourism Day event with the theme of "Tourism and Sustainably Energy, Powering Sustainable Development" in order to remind countries of the importance of the industry's contribution to sustainable development. The resort’s chief engineer Alaa Madanat presented the hotel’s efforts and was also chosen by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation to be a main speaker at the next event.
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai
A number of waste management activities including the recycling of paper, cartons and cans have been implemented by Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai. Since implementing a paper and carton recycling system in 2011, the hotel has collected an average of 1,860 kilogrammes per month, comprised of 92% carton and 2% paper. This is roughly equivalent to recycling 380 trees of around 20 years old every year. Furthermore, the hotel participates in the annual can collection campaign by the “Emirates Environmental Group”, contributing 43 kilogrammes of cans in 2012.
Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Hajar Tower Makkah
Using eco-friendly cleaning products
The laundry and housekeeping departments at Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Hajar Tower Makkah use 100% eco-friendly detergents and cleaning products throughout the hotel. The property also reduced its energy consumption by 23% by installing a motion light system and changing to LED lighting. In addition, water consumption has been reduced through the installation of low-flow heads in all guestroom sinks. The hotel has also introduced organic dishes in its lunch and dinner buffets, while being HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) certified for safety in food production.
Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Yanbu
Paper, glass bottles and cans are being recycled at Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Yanbu as part of the resort’s waste management activities. The hotel also invites its guests to participate in a voluntary environment protection programme by reusing their towels and bed linen. This project has been supported by guests and approximately 4,815 kilogrammes of linen are being reused per month, resulting in significant energy and water savings, as well as less chemical usage.
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain
Reducing utility consumption
Dedicated targets to reduce energy and water consumption are in place at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain.
The hotel initiatives include minimising usage of the air cooling chillers during winter and installing motion sensor mixer taps in all the guestrooms and public area bathrooms to prevent water from being wasted. Additional to these efforts, is the hotel’s decision to recycle the swimming pool backwash water and use it for landscaping and cleaning purposes.
Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras Jeddah
Receiving Green Globe certification
When it started preparations for Green Globe certification in November 2010, Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras Jeddah established an environmental policy, plan and complete staff training programme for dealing with different aspects of sustainability. Dedicating immense time and human resources with more than 24 weekly meetings, the hotel passed the 2011 Green Globe audit with the highest score in Saudi Arabia and placed third overall in the Middle East with 90%.
Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore
Already during the pre-opening of Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore, did the management consider sustainability and specifically water as a precious resource essential for the hotel’s operation. The hotel installed a rainwater harvesting system and along with ground water bore wells, has not had to purchase water from external sources. Waste and utilised water are treated at the hotel sewage treatment plant, recycled and used for garden irrigation and the WC flushing system. The hotel is also in the process of buying green windmill energy for its future operation.
Mövenpick Resort Petra
Installing water saving devices
Petra has a long history of managing water supplies, starting with the ancient Nabataeans who created a progressive, artificial oasis in what was essentially a desert city. Mövenpick Resort Petra has followed in these footsteps by installing water saving devices in all guestroom showers as well as restrooms in public areas. The purpose of these devices is to decrease the water pressure, which in turn leads to a huge saving in water consumption without affecting guest enjoyment.
Mövenpick Hotel Doha
Donating to charity
Ramadan is one of the five pillars in Islam and sees all healthy Muslims fast for a period of one month each lunar year. Embracing the spirit of generosity during this holy month, Mövenpick Hotel Doha donated a share of its Iftar (meal during which the fast is broken) revenue to support the various charitable activities carried out by the Qatar Red Crescent Society. In line with its sustainability efforts and community support initiatives, the hotel pledged QR 10 from every Iftar cover to the Qatar Red Crescent Society, offering guests the chance to enjoy Iftar and do a good deed at the same time.
Mövenpick Hotel Beirut
Feeding the less fortunate
Supporting the local community is something Mövenpick Hotel Beirut took to heart with a passionate and engaging event. The hotel organised a special day of giving at Les Restaurants du Coeur, during which the hotel chefs and team members had the pleasure of cooking and serving food to homeless and less fortunate elderly people.
Mövenpick Hotel Jeddah
Saving lives by donating blood
Blood can be a lifesaving measure for many patients, and the donation of blood remains a continuous issue for many health institutions because of the limited time it can be stored. To assist a local hospital that urgently needed blood units to save lives with, Mövenpick Hotel Jeddah organised a blood donation camp. The event received an overwhelming response from the hotel employees who were eager to participate in this noble cause.