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The green construction industry has grown significantly in the Middle East in recent years. Today, we see significant strides being taken in the region to promote energy-efficiency in the built environment; and the hospitality industry is mirroring this trend. In the UAE, the government’s vision for a Green Economy has meant major efforts are being undertaken to educate staff and guests; implement energy efficiency and water saving strategies; collect data and share best practices; take part in CSR activities with local communities, etc Special is the emphasis the region is placing on saving water and reducing energy consumption. Special instructions are given to members of staff to ensure, for example, that there are no leakages, and that HVAC is set to a certain temperature, among others. The type of equipment to be installed, and strategies to be implemented, are also critical, such as setting up water sensors in bathrooms and motion sensors for lighting, as well as ensuring that landscaping and watering takes place on early or late hours to prevent water evaporation. For new hotels in construction, the projects need to comply with the local code and regulations in place regarding new constructions and green standards. This impacts the design, materials, equipment and structure of the building to be turned into a hotel, and therefore impacts the future property’s performance in terms of thermal insulation and passive lighting, among other sustainability considerations. The road to progress in incorporating sustainability into operational practices and being profitable is indeed quick in the country and region. Changing tracks, our regular column by the experts at www.tophotelprojects.com is an interesting read as it has all the latest information on which hotel chain is opening what number of properties where and with how much investments. See page 36. Hope you enjoy the issue!

Munawar Shariff Managing Editor munawar@signaturemediame.com

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Top Hotel November December 2015 Issue  

Top Hotel Middle East is a bi-monthly business journal for senior level hoteliers, hotel owners, hotel investors and investment companies, a...

Top Hotel November December 2015 Issue  

Top Hotel Middle East is a bi-monthly business journal for senior level hoteliers, hotel owners, hotel investors and investment companies, a...

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