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Looking for an Eco-Friendly Hotel in Dubai? This Luxurious—and Sustainable—Spot Is Perfect for You

Photo: Courtesy of Sofitel Dubai The Palm

The effects of excessive power consumption—burning fossil fuels and emitting carbon into the atmosphere—are posing significant threats to the environment’s wellbeing. Many global chains have turned their efforts towards minimizing their contribution to this worldwide epidemic and are now revising their practices and adjusting them in response to the planet’s cry for help. Surrounded by The Palm’s crystal clear lagoons, Sofitel Dubai The Palm too is committed to the environment, and has adapted its functions to promote efficient energy, water and waste management programs that ensure the hotel meets all requirements for sustainability, while also acknowledging the needs of guests.

The ground floor of the lobby features a ‘living wall’, planed by the renowned botanist Patrick Blanc. Photo: Courtesy of Sofitel Dubai The Palm

The Sustainability Policy Management Plan aims to ensure that the business’s eco-friendliness is in check and aligned with environmental, socio-cultural, quality, and health and safety issues. It includes ambassador training, and fosters dialogues with other businesses, suppliers, and guests to raise awareness about the subject, and secure policies that reduce the world’s carbon footprint. It also focuses on water and energy conservation programs and establishes performance targets that reveal the program’s effectiveness and its degree of improvement.

The inside of the Palm Suite Features a Garden Wall. Photo: Courtesy of Sofitel Dubai The Palm

Sofitel has entertained water conservation initiatives that confirm that no water is being wasted or impacted negatively by the business. For example, the hotel installed a Dual Flush system, allowing all water closet units in the hotel to save 25% of water. In addition, 232 solar panels were installed on the luxury stay’s roof across a space of 530 square meters, generating 2200 kW of heat output per day that heat 50% of the Sofitel’s water.

The external facade lighting controlled by the photocell. Photo: Courtesy of Sofitel Dubai The Palm

In terms of power usage, Sofitel Dubai The Palm had halogen, metal halide, and fluorescent lights replaced by LED lights that consume less energy. To reduce energy consumption, Guest Room Management Systems were installed, along with several sensors and computer systems that monitor electricity and power consumption. A cup anemometer was added to the mix to measure the speed of the wind, along with a rain gauge, and a solar radiation sensor that measure the condition of the weather, allowing the hotel to keep up and adapt to external conditions, saving energy whenever possible.

All guest rooms have soap dispensers instead of disposable bars and plastic bottles. Photo: Courtesy of Sofitel Dubai The Palm

The many years that Sofitel Dubai The Palm has dedicated towards increasing its eco-friendly features hasn’t just earned it the admiration of environmentally conscious customers, but has also been recognized by global organizations. The luxe-meets-sustainable space has attained certifications like Planet 21, Green Globe, ISO 14001, and Blue Flag, making it one of the most environmentally committed hotels in the region.

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