Whatever Floats Your Boat – A Race for Resourceful Recycling
Whatever Floats Your Boat – A Race for Resourceful Recycling
Dubai, UAE, 04 October 2010: In accordance with their ongoing green initiatives, the InterContinental Hotels Group properties in Dubai Festival City in association with Mourjan Marinas IGY and Dubai Festival City will hold the third annual ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat’ recycled boat race competition on Friday, 26th November 2010.
Teams participating in this year’s event will have to construct rafts made from recycled materials to race along the Dubai Creek during a fun-filled afternoon at the Festival Marina. The event is open to all local companies and schools to participate in - spaces are limited, so sign up your team now to avoid disappointment.
‘Whatever Floats Your Boat’ means just that, so be prepared for some whacky designs and resourceful recycling as the teams race to give back to the environment, and all in good humour.
Along with generating awareness for the initiative, a donation of AED 5,000 will be provided by each competing company, with every Dirham raised going directly to the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF). The EWS-WWF plans on using the funds raised to support the ongoing conservation of a critically endangered species of turtle native to the UAE.
Last year’s event raised a staggering AED 100,000 for charity to help the EMEG protect the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles. Organizers hope the event this November will raise the bar even higher. The money raised helped to fund studies of their biology, behavior and population structure, which in turn will aid in the conservation of the species.
The event is open to anyone who wishes to come and support the teams and promises to be an afternoon of amusement not to be missed. For more information or if you would like to register a team, please contact Sebastien Delteil on 04 701 1071 or email Sebastien.Delteil@ichdfc.ae.
Notes to Editor
The InterContinental and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City properties have made a conscious effort to implement environmentally sound practices into our business from the outset.
As an example, prior to opening their doors to the first guests, boxes were separated with other packaging materials that accompanied the many hundreds of tons of deliveries, and were arranged to be recycled. This has been supported by an ongoing recycling program where all colleagues within the hotels are encouraged to recycle waste (paper, plastic, glass and aluminum) throughout operations.
To date, the hotel has recycled 84.5 tonnes of paper and card, 24.1 tonnes of plastics and aluminiums and 5.6 tonnes of glass bottles.
InterContinental was the first hotel in the UAE to welcome Lexus LS600 Hybrid limousines into their fleet. Together with partners Al Futtaim Motors, the hotel has a first class transfer experience for guests that is both energy efficient and luxurious.
InterContinental Hotels Group is committed to finding new ways of reducing our environmental impact. As such, the company has just launched Green Engage, an on-line tool designed by IHG to help hotels measure, manage and report their environmental credentials.
Green Engage has been tested in a number of global locations. Through measuring the usage of energy and water, the amount of waste and the carbon emissions of each hotel, the system has led to reductions of 25% in hotel energy use. This figure is clearly in line with the DTCM’s initiative of reducing carbon emissions by 20% in the hotel sector by the end of 2011. Hotels can then benchmark themselves against other hotels of a familiar size and set reduction targets.
On 25th October 2008 the InterContinental held the inaugural ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat’ recycled boat race and again in 2009. The competition is designed to act as an awareness drive and fundraiser for local charity (Emirates Environmental Group). Local companies were encouraged to back to the environment by donating AED 10,000 to construct and race boats made from recycled material along the creek beside the hotel. So far the hotel has raised more than AED 220,000 for local causes.
In June 2010 together with Philips, the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) properties in Dubai Festival City replaced their exterior façade with dynamic architectural LED lighting solutions as phase one of the project. All interior lighting will be completed in phase two, covering a total of 35,000 light points in hotel rooms, suites and public areas. InterContinental and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City are setting the benchmark for the region’s best practice in Green. Aiming to reduce their carbon footprint, the hotels will be saving almost 2,000,000 kg per year of CO2 emission starting from today, as they switch on their new energy efficient lights. The new lighting solution will also help the hotels save approximately 80% of their energy costs incurred on lighting.
Mourjan Marinas IGY
Mourjan Marinas IGY is an international marina developer, operator and investor based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Operating under a new name after an alliance between Island Global Yachting (IGY) and G-Marin; Mourjan Marinas IGY continues to drive the growth of marina development throughout the Middle East. The company offers the full range of technical, development, operations, marketing and administrative expertise required to design, construct and manage world-class marina facilities internationally.
From the islands of the Caribbean to the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and other beautiful yachting destinations around the world, IGY is redefining the very idea of luxury marina experiences. Founded in 2005, IGY focuses on acquiring, controlling and/or servicing luxury-yacht marinas and the surrounding upland real estate properties. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, IGY also has offices in New York, NY; St. Thomas, USV. In Dubai, IGY is represented through an alliance with Mourjan Marinas IGY which provides marina development and management services throughout the Middle East.
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