Le Méridien Al Aqah sings the praises of Earth Hour on March 27

Published March 24th, 2010 - 01:25 GMT

As part of its wide-ranging environmental initiatives, Le Méridien Al Aqah will foster team spirit with a special Save the Planet song for the duration of Earth Hour.

The resort’s environmental team will lead guests with a series of events, including switching off building hotel façade and accommodation lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday March 27.

Le Méridien Al Aqah has planned a series of conservation and environmental awareness activities in observance of Earth Hour, a worldwide event organized by the World Wildlife Fund to send a powerful global message about environmental awareness and caring for the planet.  These include staging a Wadi Wurayah clean-up this week in coordination with Higher Colleges of Technology, Fujairah Colleges.

“Our commitment to reducing the resort’s carbon footprint and protecting the environment goes beyond Earth Hour – it’s a year-round commitment,” said Patrick Antaki, General Manager, Le Méridien Al Aqah.

“We have participated in Earth Hour since the hotel opened and we are proud of the commitment Fujairah is making to this global event, with participation from key players such as Fujairah Municipality,” added Antaki.

To underscore parent Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc.’s (NYSE:  HOT) dedication to environmental sustainability, Le Méridien Al Aqah will also share other energy-saving measures on March 27.  These include screening the powerful documentary by Dr Iain Stewart, Earth: The Power of the Planet, at a cocktail party for guests at the resort’s helipad area at 7pm. The environmental team will continue its development of organic produce, planting fruit and vegetables in the resort’s green house at 11am.

Earth Hour is drawing strong support from Starwood hotels around the globe.  Last year, the unlit hotels offered striking visual imagery that provided an apt symbol of Earth Hour.  So far, more than 130 hotels in Starwood’s Europe, Africa, Middle East region have committed to participating in Earth Hour, with many more expected to join the effort.

Hundreds of Starwood hotels around the world will also coordinate Earth Hour awareness events, including community walk-a-thons, public candlelight “unplugged” concerts, and receptions for guests featuring signature green cocktails.

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