Dubai: Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has launched the ‘Dubai Sustainable Tourism Stamp’, a new sustainability initiative aimed at recognising hotels with the highest adherence to DET’s 19 sustainability requirements.
The initiative, launched in accordance with the UAE Year of Sustainability, is part of DET’s commitment to enhancing Dubai’s position as a leading sustainable tourism destination.
The new stamp, developed in collaboration with Dubai’s hospitality sector, is designed to improve efforts towards strengthening the tourism sector to achieve sustainability goals and support the UAE’s NetZero 2050 initiative.
“Supported by Dubai’s vibrant hotel industry, this initiative is a strategic step towards achieving our goal of making Dubai a leading destination for global travellers seeking the ultimate sustainability experience. By supporting businesses and encouraging them to adopt eco-friendly practices and reduce their carbon footprint, we are not only safeguarding the environment but also promoting sustainable growth,” Mr. Lootah added.
The stamp will serve as a validation of the hotel’s dedication to sustainability and showcase its sustainable practises. To receive the stamp, hotels of all classifications must meet the highest standards of DET’s 19 sustainability requirements, which include criteria such as energy and water efficiency, waste management programs, and staff education and engagement initiatives.
The accreditation process will be handled by a committee of senior industry professionals to ensure integrity and independence, with the initiative designed based on global best practises.
The stamp will feature a three-tier scheme with categories ranging from Gold, silver, and Bronze. Nominations for hotel establishments to obtain the Dubai Sustainable Tourism Stamp will begin on August 3, 2023, and end on August 31, 2023.