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Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach launched its Op­er­a­tion Care ini­tia­tive in April, de­signed to pro­vide clothes to those in need. Guests are en­cour­aged to bring items with them that can be given a sec­ond life rather than un­nec­es­sar­ily dis­pos­ing of them. Since its launch, do­na­tions have com­prised 600 pieces of cloth­ing, 31 pairs of shoes, 17 hand­bags, 21 tow­els, 20 pieces of linen, 25 toys and 11 pairs of socks.

Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach Res­i­dence, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4282000. Metro: Jumeirah Lake Tow­ers.


Golf en­thu­si­asts can play with a clear con­science at Sofitel The Palm, where balls have been cer­ti­fied by Ap­plus+ as be­ing non-pol­lut­ing prod­ucts that are safe to both plant and ma­rine life. Here, the ho­tel’s eco golf balls are the first and only in the world to dis­solve into fish food; as soon as the biodegrad­able balls are sub­merged into wa­ter, the in­ter­nal core of fish grub is re­leased into the ocean. Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4556677. Taxi: Sofitel The Palm. sofitel-dubai-thep­


From Septem­ber, plas­tic straws will be phased out and re­placed with corn­starch straws at the ho­tel. At­lantis The Palm has also banned all over­fished species from their out­lets and all light bulbs used are sub­se­quently re­cy­cled. All of the ho­tel’s beaches are cer­ti­fied with the ‘Blue Flag’, which in­di­cates high en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

At­lantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4262000. Taxi: At­lantis, The Palm. at­lantis­thep­

HO­TELS DO­ING THEIR BIT TO SAVE THE PLANET From giv­ing clothes a new home to pro­tect­ing ma­rine life, here’s where to go for a guilt-free stay­ca­tion in Dubai


The ho­tel is of­fer­ing guests in­cen­tives to opt out of hav­ing their rooms cleaned. There’s a tree out­side guests’ door and Me­dia One will stamp the leaf for every day you opt out of clean­ing the room. Each leaf is worth Dhs25 which can go to­wards any­thing in their food out­lets and if you opt out for five days, you can get a free late check out or air­port drop-off.

Me­dia One Ho­tel, Me­dia City, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4435403. Taxi: Me­dia One Ho­tel. me­diaone­ho­


Since 2014, Dubai’s Thai ho­tel has in­tro­duced a 60-minute ‘ lights off ’ ini­tia­tive dubbed ‘Dusit Green Hour’, run­ning on the last Satur­day of every month from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Ho­tel guests are also en­cour­aged to switch off the lights in their rooms.

Dusit Thani, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3433333. Metro: DIFC.


The ho­tel’s en­gi­neer­ing team gives lec­tures on how to save en­ergy and have in­tro­duced a daily read­ing of en­ergy con­sump­tion. It’s also plan­ning to be­gin re­cy­cling card­board, oils and plas­tic in the fu­ture.

Le Méri­dien Dubai Ho­tel & Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Air­port Road, Garhoud, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2170000. Metro: Ter­mi­nal 1. lemeri­


As part of their part­ner­ship with Unisoap NGO, the ho­tel has been col­lect­ing par­tially used and dis­carded soap since April this year. They are then re­cy­cled into new bars and dis­trib­uted to chil­dren and fam­i­lies who lack ac­cess to it around the world.

TRYP by Wyn­d­ham Dubai, Bar­sha Heights, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2476688. Taxi: Tryp by Wyn­d­ham Ho­tel, Te­com. trypho­


The cof­fee chain is in­tro­duc­ing wa­ter sav­ing sprays which will re­duce wa­ter when pre­par­ing dishes as well as lights sen­sors to save power at all their new shops, in­clud­ing at Deira City Cen­tre.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Wasl Vita Mall, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, 7.30am to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 3443676 Taxi: Jumeirah 1. face­book. com/the­cof­feeclubme


It may be a des­ti­na­tion for the health con­scious, but Hapi is not your typ­i­cal café. Here, cut­lery, cups and food tubs are made from corn­starch, while re­cy­cled pa­per cups, tubs and boxes are used in warm food pack­ag­ing. Hapi sources pack­ag­ing from Veg­ware, an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly UK-based com­pany whose prod­ucts are biodegrad­able and com­postable.

The café has also pledged to min­imise food wastage – they’ve de­vel­oped a Zero Waste Menu on which all dishes use food trim­mings and sources in­gre­di­ents from lo­cal sup­pli­ers in­clud­ing Deena Or­ganic Dairy and Dibba Bay Oys­ters.

Hapi Café, Ware­house 42, Alserkal Av­enue, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2251807. Taxi: Alserkal Av­enue. alserkalav­


This gourmet al­fresco res­tau­rant is lo­cated within the re­gion’s first eco­con­scious de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­nity, Al Barari. The Farm not only of­fers lo­cally sourced pro­duce in a bid to re­duce their car­bon foot­print, but, as of Au­gust, they switched to car­bon pack­ag­ing for de­liv­er­ies and now use sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic straws for their bev­er­ages. Al Barari, Emi­rates Road, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3925660. Taxi: Al Barari. the­far­m­

DINE WITH A CLEAR CON­SCIENCE The Dubai out­lets ban­ning straws, sav­ing wa­ter, com­mit­ting to sus­tain­able fish­ing, and lots more


A rus­tic-style café that uses lo­cal pro­duce to re­duce its car­bon foot­print and harm­ful emis­sions. As well as re­plac­ing plas­tic straws with biodegrad­able ones, fur­nish­ings are made from sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als; ta­bles are crafted from old dhows, for ex­am­ple.

aSouk Al Ba­har, Down­town Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4252240. Taxi: Down­town Dubai. bakerand­


The Grosvenor House out­let that serves Turk­ish dishes made the switch from plas­tic straws to biodegrad­able ed­i­ble corn­starch ones in April. Ruya is also work­ing with their sup­pli­ers to have garbage bags made out of cas­sava and clear cof­fee cups made from corn­starch.

Grosvenor House, Dubai Ma­rina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3999123. Metro: Da­mac.


The new bar with kitsch ’90s dé­cor, retro games and a sound­track to match has re­cently re­moved plas­tic straws from the venue. Guests can also play beer pong with­out a guilty con­science – cups are heavy-duty and de­signed to be re­washed and reused as op­posed to the usual plas­tic ones.

Fair­mont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (050) 9955400. Taxi: The Fair­mont. the­house­p­a­r­ty­


Zero Grav­ity has launched a monthly beach clean-up – We Love Our Beach. On the first Sun­day of each month, man­age­ment clean up at JBR. It’s also plan­ning to ban sin­gle use plas­tic straws, cut­lery, cups, plates and stir­rers and re­place them with biodegrad­able al­ter­na­tives.

Zero Grav­ity, Dubai Ma­rina, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3990009. Taxi: Zero Grav­ity. 0-grav­


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