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Fri 14 Nov 2008 02:41 PM

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Oman tourism resort wins first eco-friendly award

Zighy Bay scoops inaugural prize for sustainability from Abu Dhabi planning chiefs.

An Oman-based tourism resort has scooped the first Estidama Sustainability Award in recognition of its eco-friendly approach to business.

Six Senses Hideaway at Zighy Bay has won the award, the first to be presented by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC).

The award recognises a specific project in the GCC region for its sustainable construction programme and environmental impact on the surrounding region.

Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay was praised for its use of traditional materials such as wattle and sandstone which both serve to reduce energy consumption.

They also use natural ventilation, passive shading, recycled timber, as well as local materials and suppliers.

In addition, the resort also gives a percentage of its revenue to environmental projects.

The resort also embraces water saving technology, including treatment of waste water to water greenery and flush toilets.

Estidama, which means sustainability in Arabic, is a unique framework that integrates the four pillars of environment, economic, social and cultural dimensions.

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