New Delhi, June 12 (IANSlife): On this World Oceans Day, Atlantis Dubai marks the first anniversary of its pioneering sustainability initiative, Atlantis Atlas Project – through which the resort has invested over half a million US dollars in green initiatives to create a positive change in its operation over the past year.
Tim Kelly, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Atlantis Dubai, said: “We are extremely proud to celebrate the results of the Atlantis Atlas project one year later, which reflects the dedication and perseverance shown by the entire team. of Atlantis. Our investment of half a million US dollars over the past year demonstrates our commitment to making positive changes and improvements to our operations, as well as implementing conservation and education programs at both in the station and in the region”.
Over the past year, Atlantis Atlas Project has prioritized reducing food waste. With this in mind, the resort has invested heavily in Winnow AI technology to reduce waste in its core buffet operations. The use of this technology has made it possible to recycle more than 450,000 kg of mixed materials, reducing the station’s total landfill waste by more than 95% per year.
Following the successful launch of the project’s sustainable dining initiative in June, the resort has increased the number of local and sustainable dishes on the menus of the nine signature restaurants by more than 70%. By June 2022, every restaurant, as well as in-room and al fresco dining, will feature at least five to six dishes on adult and children’s menus, all meticulously crafted from local and sustainable produce. To date, Atlantis has sold 38,751 eco-friendly meals, the three most popular being Bread Street Kitchen’s Uns Farm Caesar Salad, WHITE Beach’s locally produced burrata and The Shore’s sustainably grown fish tacos. .
Atlantis Dubai has committed to eliminating all single-use plastic bottles by the end of 2023 (including Atlantis, The Palm, Atlantis The Royal and Atlantis Aquaventure). To deliver on that promise, the resort has invested more than $300,000 in an on-site water purification and bottling plant, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022. The plant will eliminate 2.7 million plastic bottles of the resort’s operations each year, directly supporting the Crown Prince’s Dubai Can program, which aims to phase out single-use plastic across the city.
In addition to making lasting progress, Project Atlantis Atlas’ CSR program has thrived beyond 2022, with initiatives such as the donation of 1,530 kg of food to the Stray Dogs Center Umm Al Quwain and 15,690 meals to the aid organization in the region, Tarahum Charity Foundation. Atlantis Aquaventure was also the first water park in the region to become an IBCCES Certified Autism CenterTM last month.
Atlantis Dubai has also supported four universities and non-profit organizations in leading local marine conservation initiatives over the past year. This includes the UAE Dolphin Project Initiative, which is run in collaboration with Zayed University and collects critical data to help study local dolphin populations. Over the past year, the team has spent more than 270 hours conducting 60 boat surveys along the coast of the United Arab Emirates, covering a total distance of 5,444 kilometres. This captured 11,043 images and spotted dolphins 18 times.
Over the past year, the Atlantis Atlas project has also supported New York University Abu Dhabi’s research into the effects of climate change on coral reef ecosystems, as well as the Shark Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) in its coordination role. and implement global conservation efforts. The University of the United Arab Emirates has also received funding to conduct research on critically endangered sharks and rays in local waters.
Tim Kelly, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Atlantis Dubai, said: “While we recognize that we still have some way to go in our mission to become the Middle East’s champion for responsible and sustainable tourism, We are extremely happy to share the many examples of positive change we have made in just 12 months and we collectively look forward to scaling up our efforts in the year ahead. At the end of 2021, we achieved EarthCheck Silver certification for the second consecutive year, recognizing our successful implementation of environmental standards. We look forward to continually improving them as part of our commitment to doing business in a way that is good for you. people and the planet”.