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Triple energy use for Dubai hotels

Survey shows five-star Dubai hotels use up to three times more energy than their European counterparts.

Dubai-based five star hotels use up to triple the amount of energy consumed by their European counterparts according to a recent industry study.

The survey, conducted by facilities management company Farnek Avireal, found on average Dubai hotels consumed 650 to 1250 litres of water per guest and used between 275 and 325 kWh of power per square metre.

In Germany, the figures were 350 litres of water and 100 kWh per square metre.

Avireal Middle East LLC general manager Markus Oberlin disagreed that the differences in climate between the two locations would account for the different consumption levels.

"Hotels in European countries with temperate climates endure cold winters when they need heating, and due to global warming much longer and warmer summers when they need cooling," he said.

"The energy output differential should not be three-fold. It is valid that in hot climates guests may bathe more often and outdoor swimming pools evaporate [more] water. But in Europe many hotels recycle rainwater, which reduces their consumption. The bottom line is there are great opportunities for major cost savings."

Not only would hotels reduce their costs, they would also contribute to the sustainability of the environment, Oberlin added.

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