Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah goes dark for Earth Hour 2018
The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah went dark for one hour on Saturday to shine a light on climate action in support of the Earth Hour 2018. The hotel joined millions around the world in turning off the lights at 8:30 p.m. local time to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) created the annual global environmental awareness event 11 years ago to emphasize the threat of climate change.
The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah participated by turning off the facade and non-essential interior lighting utilizing 2,500 environment-friendly beeswax candles to light up the lobby, Reyhana restaurant, Karamel Lounge and the spa.
In-house guests also participated by turning off their room lights and air conditioners. All participants gathered in a tranquil ceremony in the Bab Al-Bahr lounge to enjoy refreshing beverages prepared by the hotel’s mixologists in a candlelit setting.
In a traditional ritual that evoked the spirit of Saudi Arabia, a “Zamzam man” dressed in traditional attire, with an amphora across his body, poured Zamzam water into a bowl for guests to sip and experience moments of serenity.
“It’s a privilege for us to support Earth Hour because it echoes the Marriott International’s global focus on the environment,” said Denise Naguib, vice president of sustainability and supplier diversity. “Today, business plays a critical role in taking on our world’s most pressing social and environmental issues, including climate change.
“Earth Hour reflects a philosophy we aim to practice yearround through our sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360.”
The Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah is an ideal destination to host social events, business meetings and high-profile conferences. It has 7,700 square meters of meeting spaces, and features three dining venues — Reyhana, the all-day dining buffet restaurant featuring international favorites; Karamel Lounge for leisurely breakfast, lunch or the signature afternoon tea; and Saltz, the upscale fine-dining restaurant that serves prime steak and seafood paired with a wide array of naturally harvested salts.