Go green in Abu Dhabi: the hotels and restaurants banning plastic and so much more
Want to live a more eco-friendly life in the capital? Many of the city’s outlets are ditching plastic straws and paper to help the environment. Here’s where you can dine and stay with a clear conscience
Various locations including The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 11.30am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 6777301. Taxi: Galleria on Al Maryah. thegalleria.ae
Hilton Abu Dhabi
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6811900. Taxi: Hilton. hilton.com
The Club, Mina Port, Abu Dhabi, timings vary. Taxi: The Club, Mina. Tel: (02) 6731111. the-club.com
Sofitel Abu Dhabi
Sofitel Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8137777. Taxi: Sofitel Corniche. sofitel.com
You won’t find plastic at healthy food restaurant Skinny Genie. Opened in October last year, the straws are paper and drinks are served in glass jars. Even the takeaways keep up with this theme – containers are made from 100 per cent glass, whether they’re ordered in store or for delivery. If you’re making a purchase, expect reusable cotton bags instead of plastic. In the future Skinny Genie is planning to stop using straws entirely.
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Masdar City. Tel: (02) 5555897. skinny-genie.com
Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4953916. Taxi: Grand Millennium. millenniumhotels.com
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
From September 1, the hotel on Saadiyat will be going more eco-friendly – it will be moving away from single-use plastics and straws will only be available on request.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 4071234. Taxi: Park Hyatt Saadiyat. abudhabi.park.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6543238. Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com/babalbahr
Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort
Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8012222. Taxi: Danat Jebel Dhanna, Western Region. danathotels.com
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
Southern Sun has introduced energy saving LED lights in all guest rooms, corridors, staircases and parking areas. The South African hotel has also introduced a system to monitor food wastage (such as documenting a reason for wastage and time of day) to identify waste trends.
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8184888. Taxi: Southern Sun, near Corniche Hospital. tsogosunhotels.com
Al Raha Beach Hotel
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 5080555. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. alrahabeach.danathotels.com
Dusit Thani, Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6988137. Taxi: Dusit Thani. dusit.com
Hilton Capital Grand
Hilton Capital Grand, Al Madina Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6170000. Taxi: Hilton Capital Grand, Airport Road. hilton.com
Bareburger isn’t just home to hefty patties – the restaurant’s floors, ceilings and wall coverings and furniture are made from sustainable or recycled materials.
Marina Mall, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, Sat to Wed 10am to 11pm, Thur to Fri, 10am to 12pm. Tel: (02) 4411723. Taxi: Marina Mall. bareburger.com
Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to 11.30pm. Tel: (02) 6503666. Taxi: between Salam Street and Najda Street, near Adnoc
Coming soon to Abu Dhabi
Jumeirah Saadiyat Island
The hotel may seem like any other luxury resort but there will be no plastic allowed here. Instead, Jumeirah At Saadiyat Island Resort, opening in November this year, will be offering reusable plastic bottles at check-in for all guests and have refillable water stations located around the hotel. The idea is to prevent plastic harming Saadiyat Beach’s native flora and fauna and endangered local residents, the hawksbill turtles. The resort will also have an outright ban on plastic straws, and is aiming to reduce paper wastage (plans include silicone coasters instead of paper ones) and will also use solar power.
Abu Dhabi Edition
Part of Edition Hotels’ Stay Plastic Free initiative, Abu Dhabi Edition is a new hotel set to open later this year in Al Bateen – and it will be joining other Edition Hotels across the world by committing to go plastic free by March 2019.
Abu Dhabi Edition, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi Marina. Tel: (02) 3047002. editionhotels.com/abu-dhabi/
New places to recycle
Separating recyclables in the city will be easier thanks to a series of new recycling stations that have been launched by Abu Dhabi Municipality. Following a successful two-month trial at the entrance of Khalidiyah Park, wood, carboard, mobile phones, used batteries, plastic, wool, metal and cotton will have their own sections, as will clear and coloured glass. In total, there will be 16 stations all over the city.– For more about Abu Dhabi straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook.