Ritz-Carl­ton, Jed­dah goes dark for Earth Hour 2018

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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.

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