Every day is Earth Day at Le Méridien Al Aqah
Earth day enthusiasts made a splash today at Le Méridien Al Aqah, marking the event with a clean-up of local dive sites off the East Coast, along with environmental initiatives throughout the resort.
Le Méridien Al Aqah continued its partnership with Al Boom Diving to conduct a comprehensive clean up off the coast – about 40 divers, including a team from the resort, scoured the East Coast’s dive sites, removing rubbish which threatens the marine line and pristine coastline. A second team from the resort conducted an on-shore clean up.
“Our Earth Day activities are part of our ongoing commitment to protecting the environment and encouraging social responsibility, which we believe starts at the micro level with our in-house environmental committee and involves working closely with Dibba Municipality,” said Patrick Antaki, General Manager, Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort Fujairah.
Al Boom Diving, which has a branch at the hotel, conducts year-round clean ups and educates all divers about the importance of taking responsibility for the coastline.
“While Earth Day highlights important environmental programs all over the world, our aim is to prevent damage to the coast and diving areas, and to ensure the East Coast and UAE continue to offer recreational diving for all generations to enjoy,” said Simon Tambling, managing partner, Al Boom Diving.
Earth Day, which has 20,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries, aims to promote a healthy, sustainable environment.
The resort has a year-round environmental program and showcased its initiatives during Earth Day. Activities included an energy-saving campaign by the resort’s green committee members giving tips to the resort associates on how to save energy and water; the launch of the Green House at the resort by His Excellency Hassan Al Yamahi, Director Engineer of Dibba Municipality by planting a tree; and the announcement of the formation of a Carbon Audit Team with an objective to further reduce energy consumption in each department.
Other environmental milestones for the resort include the reef ball project initiated in partner ship with Al Boom Diving, participating in the annual Clean-Up Arabia Campaign with Emirates Diving Association (EDA) each year and supporting the move by His Highness Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, to declare Wadi Wurayah Fujairah the UAE’s first protected mountain area.