Saudi Arabian Beach Resort earns Green Globe certification

Saudi Arabian Beach Resort earns Green Globe certification
November 21, 2013 Arton Kabashi

Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been awarded Green Globe certification after a comprehensive sustainability audit, which was carried out by Farnek Middle East, the lead sustainable consultancy in the MENA region.

Following Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ corporate responsibility strategy, this upscale hotel is dedicated to preserving the environment. Sustainable practices have been implemented at all levels of the business.

“We are delighted about our achievement and the prestigious Green Globe recognition,” said Resort Manager Prashant Sharma. “The certification is testimony of our ongoing commitment to sustainability initiatives, creating a better environment for today – and for future generations to come. The feedback I get from our guests is overwhelmingly positive and supportive of our sustainability programs. These days, visitors are increasingly aware, and they would like to be active partners in promoting a better environment. It is our goal to continuously improve our efforts to achieve the best possible results.”

Sustainability is an important topic in the Gulf Region, and Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar is fully in line with the green trend. In 2012 the kingdom of Saudi Arabia developed a comprehensive framework for measuring and monitoring environmental challenges. As a result, the country has adopted a complete list of standards and guidance, regulating an array of environmental challenges ranging from air pollution to waste water management to transportation of chemicals. Environmental initiatives, such as beach clean-ups at the shores of the Arabian Gulf, are organized on a regular basis.

All regulations include components to promote sustainability. Saudi Arabia is one of the leading countries in the MENA region, and at last year’s Global Economic Symposium in Brazil plans were announced, to transition the nation to 100% renewable energy in the coming decades.

“As the world’s largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia’s commitment to renewable energy is commendable and Mövenpick as a brand is supporting the Kingdom’s transition towards sustainability,” said Sandrine Le Biavant, Director Consultancy, Farnek Middle East.

The Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar works with a number of social and fund raising organizations, contributing to a positive community and environment. In collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, the property recently hosted an educational event for local orphans. For the children, this was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to visit a 5-star resort and learn about the hospitality industry. “This was a very emotional day for all of us. It is our objective to understand the needs of each orphanage, and to provide support to each and every one of them. We like to encourage the children about education, so they have a better chance when leaving the orphanage,” added Prashant Sharma.

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 79 hotels, resorts, and Nile cruisers currently in operation. More than 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Chiang Mai and Koh Samui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines), Dubai (UAE), Sanya (Hainan Island, China), and Djerba (Tunisia).
Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specializes in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and headquartered in Zurich, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world.
The hotel company is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.moevenpick.com.

Contact:
Prashant Sharma
Resort Manager
Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar
P.O. Box 4784
Al Khobar 31952
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Phone +966 3 849 2999 Ext 7774
Fax +966 3 890 6767
Mobile +966 53771 4656
Email sharma.prashant@moevenpick.com
www.moevenpick-hotels.com

About Farnek Middle East
Farnek is one of the region’s foremost facilities management outsource companies. With a skilled workforce approaching 2,000 people, Farnek Middle East has offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and maintains over 1,000 properties alone on behalf of many international and regional companies. Farnek has also signed a commitment to support myclimate, an international organization that helps companies around the world manage their carbon emissions through a range of offset programs.

Contact:
Sandrine Le Biavant
Phone +917 (0)4 382 4400
sandrine.lebiavant@farnek.com
www.farnek.com

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