The Green Transformation: Sustainability in Hospitality Interior Design in the Middle East
The Surge in Eco-Conscious Travel:
According to a Booking.com study, 87% of global travellers are keen on sustainable travel. This trend is resonating in the Middle East, where tourists are progressively seeking eco-friendly accommodations.
Pioneering Sustainable Hospitality in the Middle East:
The Middle Eastern hospitality industry, traditionally associated with opulence, is evolving to embrace sustainability. Notably, the UAE is working toward having 75% of its hotels classified as eco-friendly by 2025.
Material Matters: Sourcing Locally and Responsibly:
Utilising locally sourced and sustainable materials can dramatically decrease a hotel’s carbon footprint. Furthermore, guests value the authenticity and connection to the location that such materials provide.
Water Wisdom: Managing a Precious Resource:
In the water-scarce Middle East, it is crucial for hotels to implement water-saving fixtures and appliances, which conserve this resource and diminish operational costs.
Energy Efficiency: Harnessing the Sun and Beyond:
With an abundance of sunshine, the Middle East is ideal for solar energy utilisation. Hotels are adopting solar panels and energy-efficient lighting, a move supported by the International Renewable Energy Agency, which states that the MENA region could save $55 billion annually through renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Embracing Biophilic Design:
Integrating natural elements through biophilic design is increasingly popular. This method reduces environmental impact and improves guests’ well-being and satisfaction.
Case Studies: Hospitality Interior Design – DZ Design’s Sustainable Refurbishments:
Emirates Park Zoo Resort – A Harmony with Nature:
DZ Design’s Emirates Park Zoo Resort refurbishment marries sustainability with luxury, using local materials and designs that capitalize on natural light, thus significantly reducing energy use.
Citymax Hotel, Dubai – Modernity Rooted in Sustainability:
For Citymax Hotel in Dubai, DZ Design adopted water-efficient fixtures, energy-saving lighting, and locally sourced materials, minimizing the environmental footprint while maintaining a contemporary aesthetic.
Pullman Hotel Downtown, Dubai – A Revitalised Green Oasis:
In the sustainable refurbishment of Pullman Hotel Downtown in Dubai, DZ Design exemplifies environmental stewardship with energy-efficient lighting, water conservation measures, and green spaces. Notably, the project also focused on the reuse and upcycling of existing furniture and finishes, emphasizing resource efficiency and waste reduction.
Looking to the Future:
As sustainability becomes an essential aspect of hospitality interior design in the Middle East, the industry must continue to innovate. By marrying environmental sustainability with luxury, hotels can cater to the evolving preferences of travellers.