World Environment Day: Dubai Sustainable Tourism celebrates 50 eco initiatives

Dubai’s Department of Sustainable Tourism (DST), part of the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), is celebrating the World Environment Day with 50 eco-friendly practices across the city, aiming to further cement Dubai’s position as a leading green destination.

From desert nature reserves to eco-friendly restaurants and eco-hotels, cultural events and eco-tourism attractions, to mark World Environment Day, which was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a “global platform to inspire positive change”, DET highlights 50 innovative conservation and sustainable tourism ecosystem initiatives in the city.


Dubai’s unique ecosystem has promoted sustainable conservation and a special connection to nature for generations. From Bedouin customs to nature reserves and safaris, Dubai has long had a harmonious relationship with its environment. Environmental protection is embedded in the very DNA of Dubai’s natural landscape, and it is something that continues to be developed and celebrated.

– Dubai Can Initiative

-Dubai Integrated Energy

-Dubai Desert Reserve

-Ras Al Khor Flamingo Sanctuary

-Jumeirah Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

-Emaar Hospitality Waste Management

-Al Marmum Desert Reserve

-Wadi Al Safa Wildlife Sanctuary

-Hatta Mountains Reserve

-Ghaf Tree Planting Campaign -Declared a National Tree of the UAE


Hotels across Dubai are constantly striving to become more eco-friendly and show respect for the planet, in line with the DST’s careful recommendations and the city government’s ongoing steps towards sustainability. In addition to keeping up with current tourism trends, many of the city’s resorts and hotels are demonstrating sustainability and achieving positive results across the hospitality industry. The city’s hotels are currently meeting a number of sustainability requirements set by the DST, as part of an ongoing effort to position the city as a leading green destination.

-The Ritz Carlton, Dubai at JBR – a vertical farm

-Andaz Hotel The Palm

-Al Maha – a Luxury Collection Hotel

-JA Resort

-Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah

-Sofitel, The Obelisk

-Waldorf Astoria, The Palm

-Waldorf Astoria, DIFC

-Bulgari Hotel & Resorts

-Radisson Blu Dubai Creek


Dubai’s gastronomy scene is rapidly evolving and is constantly striving to be more eco-friendly, thanks to significant technological upgrades in agriculture and food waste management. Restaurants across the city are switching to using locally sourced ingredients to ensure sustainability and offer guests a more authentic experience.


-Arabian Tea House


-Reif Japanese Kushiyaki

-The Sum of Us

-One Life Kitchen

-Sunderson’s Cafe


-Wild & The Moon



Many of the leisure, wellness and fitness destinations available to tourists and residents alike in Dubai are constantly striving for greener methods. Such places offer sports equipment made from recycled materials, as well as a range of spa treatments and snacks made from sustainable ingredients.

The Hundred

-Sea Salt Spa

-Yoga at Aura Skypool

-Health retreats at The Lighthouse Retreat.

-Sonara Camp

-Sultana Spa Hammam Dubai

-Balance Wellbeing 360 Spa

-Smart Wellness Organic Spa

-Spa InterContinental



Many of cultural events and leisure destinations pay homage to the city’s long eco-friendly past and look to its cutting-edge eco-friendly future. From guided tours of the old city to inspiring exhibitions celebrating Dubai’s eco-friendly future, the city is rich with cultural and educational events that are eco-friendly in nature and content.

-Museum of the Future

-The Al Shindagh Museum

-Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

-Al Qudra Velodrome

-Sustainable City Dubai

– Desert Safari

-Dhow Cruise Dubai Marina

-Mushrif National Park

-Green Planet

-Hatta Hiking Trails

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