Dubai hotels that work to promote sustainable tourism in the emirate will receive gold, silver, and bronze stamps. The Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) recently launched the “Dubai Sustainable Tourism Stamp.” It is a brand-new sustainability program that aims to honor hotels that adhere to DET’s 19 “Sustainability Requirements.” The program, which launched in conjunction with the UAE Year of Sustainability, is a component of DET’s dedication to enhancing Dubai’s status as a premier sustainable tourism destination.
A Greener Future Sustainable Tourism in Dubai
The new stamp, created in collaboration with Dubai’s hospitality industry, aims to help the UAE’s NetZero 2050 plan and speed up efforts to improve the travel industry. The effort will help cement the city’s growing status as one of the top three attractions in the world. This is noteworthy as the emirate keeps working to reach the ambitious goals in the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33.
They will work to validate any hotel’s commitment to sustainability through the Dubai Sustainable Tourism Stamp. The stamp will also highlight the hotel’s sustainable activities.
In order to achieve this, hotels of all types must follow the top standards of DET’s 19 Sustainability requirements. These include rules for waste management plans, programs to get staff involved and educate them, and energy and water efficiency.
Yousuf Lootah, the acting CEO of the Department of Economy and Tourism’s Corporate Strategy and Performance sector, stated that they were working to make Dubai a leading sustainable tourism destination, which was Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s goal. The goal was to make Dubai the best place to live, visit, and work in the whole world. He also said that the Dubai Sustainable Tourism Stamp came into existence to support eco-friendly practices and set a standard for the environment, which is in line with the goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda 2033.
In line with the “Sustainability Requirements,” DET’s sustainability strategy is paving the way for new projects like the Carbon Calculator. This is a platform to help stakeholders and partners find ways to save money and manage their transition to more sustainable practices.
Another example is the Dubai Can, which is a citywide effort for sustainability that encourages people to use reusable bottles and fill them up. Since it launched in February 2022, it drastically decreased the use of almost 10 million 500ml single-use plastic water bottles and led to the installation of 50 water taps all over the city.
With the “Dubai Sustainable Tourism Stamp,” the city’s tourist industry takes a big step toward a greener future. With travelers looking for ethical and sustainable experiences, this program seeks to attract a new wave of tourists while establishing Dubai as a sustainable global destination. As the road toward sustainability continues, the stamp promises to protect Dubai’s unique natural and cultural riches for future generations.