Innovative and sustainable: Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort held ‘green’ arts auction

Innovative and sustainable: Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort held ‘green’ arts auction
April 12, 2012 Arton Kabashi

Green Globe certified resort in Fujairah, UAE aims to raise awareness about climate change

The Green Globe certified Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah, UAE, showcases a lot of creativity and dedication when it comes to raising environmental awareness.

On March 29, 2012, the hotel held its second annual Environmental Arts and Crafts Auction on its outside premises to raise awareness about climate change and the importance of sustainability. The hotel staff had created unique pieces of art from materials which otherwise would have gone to waste: Paper, cardboard, used towels, wood, sea shells and more were used to create an eclectic mix of around 90 items – such as pictures, collages, baskets, bowls, a sailing boat and other handcrafted art pieces that can beautifully enhance a person’s home. Many items were sold to delighted hotel guests, who sometimes even bought more than just one piece. The hotel will use the funds received for future environmental activities.

On Mar 31, Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah participated in Earth Hour and switched off all unnecessary lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm, replacing them with candles. Many hotel guests chose to sit on the hotel’s terrace with candles on their tables to celebrate the annual worldwide event. By going dark, the hotel joined people in 137 countries, and some of the world’s most famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Great Wall of China.

In 2010 Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah also established its own garden to grow fruits and vegetables. With impressive results: This year, within the last two weeks of March, the hotel harvested 18 kg of tomatoes, green bananas, sugar cane, more than three kg of sweet basil and Asian Thai Chilli. Fruits and vegetables will be used in the hotel’s kitchen or displayed as decorations on the buffet to create environmental awareness among guests.

“We are excited about our regular environmental events and activities,” shared Ashraf Helmy, General Manager and Area Business Development Manager. “It is our way of showing that everybody needs to become active in protecting our precious Earth. We receive great feedback from our guests and strongly believe that our activities help raise awareness about climate change and encourage people to take action in their everyday lives to contribute to saving our planet. We also want to inspire other companies to go green.”

About Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort

Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort Fujairah is a 5-star hotel located in the enchanting Emirate of Fujairah. This hotel occupies a primary position alongside a breathtaking sandy beach with the beautiful Hajjar Mountains as a scenic backdrop.

Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah features a variety of comfortable guest accommodation in a classic low-rise Arabesque building. Guests of the Al Aqah will appreciate the spacious rooms, modern decor and beautiful views over the mountains, gardens, and pool from the balconies.

Guests can get pleasure from the resort’s many recreational facilities including two refreshing swimming pools, a water sports center, beach volleyball and tennis courts, not to mention the hotel’s own private beach. Also, there are some extraordinary dive sites in the area, and Miramar – Al Aqah’s own animation team offers daily activity programs.

Contact:

Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort

PO Box 5218

Fujairah, U.A.E.

Telephone: + 971 9 244 9994

Facsimile: +971 9 244 9995

Email: info@iberotel.ae

www.jaz.travel

 

About Green Globe Certification

Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com

Contact:

Green Globe Certification

Phone +1-310-337-3000

Fax +1-310-626-9982

prlax@greenglobe.com

www.greenglobe.com