Los Angeles, California (USA) – 4 April 2012 – Green Globe announced recertification of the Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort located on the east coast of the UAE in Fujairah. This resort, overlooking the sea and its own pristine private beach with the Hajjar Mountains as a backdrop, is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the environment and – as all properties of the Iberotel Group – has strived to progressively reduce use of natural resources and recycle waste.
Ashraf Helmy, General Manager and Area Business Development Manager, commented: “We are highly honored and extremely happy to receive the Green Globe Certificate, and our resort is actually the first on UAE’s east coast to receive such an honor. This award will act as a further incentive in our sustainability efforts. We would like to share our experience with other properties in the region as well, as we believe it will encourage them to implement such procedures in an effort to save the environment.”
“Green Globe Certification does not only provide a lot of information and great tools to implement and improve sustainability practices, which has led to substantially reducing our costs. Its marketing support has also helped us a lot,” added Mr. Helmy, “We are much better known in the market and have a competitive advantage being ‘green,’ which results in more bookings. The feedback from guests is absolutely positive.
“I see our resort as a window for hotel guests to become aware of environmental issues and the huge impact the travel and tourism industry has on the environment, because they have leisure time to think about such things when they are on vacation. It is great to see when something really ‘clicks,’ and families will transfer this knowledge to their lives back at home to actively contribute to protecting the environment themselves.”
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Mr. Guido Bauer, said: “The Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah is just amazing, and we are really happy to be able to work with them. They are absolutely committed to educating guests, especially children through their kids club, and engage them in environmental discussions to raise awareness, because the young generation is our – and the planet’s – future.”
The Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort is surrounded by beautiful nature and historical and cultural attractions. The Hajjar Mountains are the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian peninsula. The mountains are rich in plant life compared to most of Arabia, including a number of endemic species, and hikers can find treasures such as abandoned stone dwellings, storage buildings, and even forts that date back to as early as 2000 BC. Located close to the Fujairah Fort, the Fujairah city museum guides the visitor through 3,000 years of history. In the Fujairah Heritage Village, life in the past is portrayed through various exhibits demonstrating how people lived, how they worked, farmed, and played.
ABOUT IBEROTEL MIRAMAR AL AQAH BEACH RESORT FUJAIRAH:
Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort Fujairah is a 5-star hotel located in the enchanting Emirate of Fujairah. This hotel occupies a primary position alongside a breathtaking sandy beach with the beautiful Hajjar Mountains as a scenic backdrop.
Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah features a variety of comfortable guest accommodation in a classic low-rise Arabesque building. Guests of the Al Aqah will appreciate the spacious rooms, modern décor, and beautiful views over the mountains, gardens, and pool from the balconies.
Guests can get pleasure from the resort’s many recreational facilities including two refreshing swimming pools, a water sports center, beach volleyball and tennis courts, not to mention the hotel’s own private beach. Also, there are some extraordinary dive sites in the area, and Miramar – Al Aqah’s own animation team – offers daily activity programs.
Younger hotel guests will adore the hotel’s Jay Jay Kids Club, which has both indoor and outdoor play areas, along with the children’s pool.
Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort features an excellent selection of delicious dining options including international and traditional Middle Eastern specialties. Shisha Corner, the hotel’s traditional Arabic café, is also well worth a visit, just as the Asian-fusion and Italian à la carte restaurants.
Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort Fujairah is situated about 45 km from Fujairah city and about 90 minutes from active Dubai. Guests can take in the amazingly natural beauty of the large surrounding area along with a number of fantastic historical and cultural attractions.
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com .