In keeping with Accor Group’s corporate social responsibility measures, Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights – Hotel Suites & Apartments has launched a brand-new eco-responsible project called ‘Our Oasis’.

The sustainability campaign was officially inaugurated by Dubai Sustainable Tourism, an initiative led by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), Dubai Municipality representatives Amal Salem Albedwai, Head of Drinking Water Control Unit and Maythaa Abdulla AlHamidh, Food Health Inspection Officer, and Naseer Thodi, General Manager at the hotel.

The delegates were taken on a tour of the bottling plant at the hotel, where they were shown a detailed presentation of the idea behind the ‘Our Oasis’ project. This was followed by a full demonstration of the new machines and bottling processes, where the guests could examine the procedures as well as sampling the water.

With 1,015 keys, Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights is the largest Mercure property in the AccorHotels group’s global network. The project, which includes activities such as reducing water and energy usage, aims to replace more than 600,000 single- use plastic bottles with reusable ones by the end of 2020.

Naseer Thodi, General Manager at Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights – Hotel Suites & Apartments said: “We believe that it is our duty to help both the community and the environment. Our campaign is built on the guidelines from Dubai Municipality and Dubai Sustainable Tourism, with a collaborative approach and sustainable development as the main focuses. Our intention is simple; we want to help make our planet a better place for all.”

The programme introduces an integrated system of water purification and filtration using UV-based processes. The Aquasense bottle-free drinking water system not only helps reduce the use of plastic, but also diminishes the effects of storing, transporting and distributing bottles.

The ‘Our Oasis’ plant set up within the hotel has a dispenser programmed to fill two one-litre glass bottles every 20 seconds to avoid water wastage during the refilling process. There is also a dedicated glass bottle washer machine to ensure zero cross contamination.

Nicholas Fernandez, Director of Engineering, said, “We initiated this sustainable project based on the Planet 21 requirements to eventually reach zero single-use plastic within the hotel. Sustainable living is at the heart of our efforts and Dubai Tourism’s recognition of these activities motivates and enables the team to spearhead more initiatives.”  

A Green Globe certified property since 2016, Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights has its sustainability initiatives in place following the standards and practices of the Planet 21 program.

Source: Seven Media