Solar-powered hotel planned for Dubai

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced an agreement with Diamond Developers to launch a totally solar-powered hotel in Dubai.

Coming under IHG’s boutique Hotel Indigo brand, the 170-room hotel is due to open in the first half of 2017 in Dubai’s Sustainable City (pictured).

IHG said the hotel will be a Net Zero energy building, where 100% of its energy needs will be met by solar power. 

All waste water produced by the hotel will be recycled, and a solar-powered shuttle bus will be available to take guests downtown.

The Sustainable City complex will include residences, a green school, a community centre, an equestrian centre, solar covered parking lots and an organic farm.

Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, said: "Hotel Indigo Dubai The Sustainable City will set us apart – it will be a truly unique hotel, perfect for guests looking for boutique style and design with the story of its exciting new location woven into the very fabric of the property."

Mr. Faris Saeed, CEO, Diamond Developers, added: "The Sustainable City will set the standard for environmental standards and will include a number of interesting tourist attractions as well as venues to attract business events and meetings. Hotel Indigo is the perfect brand for this new community and with IHG’s strong track record of operating hotels in the UAE, we’re confident the hotel will be a success here. We look forward to working with them to open Hotel Indigo Dubai The Sustainable City."

IHG currently has 18 hotels open in the UAE, with another 10 hotels due to open in the next three to five years.

Image: Artist’s impression of Dubai Sustainable City. In 2013 Baharash Architecture was appointed as lead designer for Phase 2 (Baharash Architecture)

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