At Dubai Holding, we're deeply committed to sustainable growth beyond Dubai's borders. We actively monitor our carbon emissions, water use, and waste, and work tirelessly to reduce our environmental footprint.

Our efforts range from enhancing energy efficiency to conserving water, with an emphasis on recycling and reusing. By measuring our resource consumption in 2022, we've set clear benchmarks and set the foundations for performance improvement.

Our Decarbonisation Strategy

Dubai Holding's decarbonisation strategy is rooted in three core principles: implementability, scalability, and progressiveness, steering us towards Net Zero while bolstering our commitment to clean energy, water stewardship, and waste management. Through a strategic framework of Fundamental, Excellence, and Flagship initiatives, we customize our approach for each asset. In 2023, we proudly joined the UAE Climate Responsible Companies Pledge, aligning with elite private sector firms. This collaborative effort, led by the UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, propels us towards a net-zero economy by 2050, encouraging businesses to actively measure and reduce emissions while aligning with national climate goals.


At Dubai Holding, we are aware of the environmental impact of our energy consumption. Our assets rely mainly on electricity from the grid, such as DEWA in Dubai, and district cooling to operate. We also use fuels, such as natural gas, for our hospitality and entertainment assets, including our restaurants. To reduce our carbon footprint, we are constantly looking and for ways to enhance our energy efficiency and adopt alternative sources of energy where feasible. We have set energy reduction targets across our operations to ensure that we fulfil this responsibility.

Warsan Waste Management Centre

The Warsan Waste Management Centre (WWMC) is a joint venture between Dubai Holding and an international consortium, in collaboration with Dubai Municipality. It is one of the world's largest waste-to-energy projects, with a processing capacity of 5,666 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day. The project aims to reduce the environmental impact of waste disposal and generate renewable energy for Dubai by diverting 45% of waste from landfill. WWMC is expected to be fully operational by 2024.

Solar Rooftops Installations

Solar rooftops installations are an innovative way to harness the abundant solar energy in Dubai and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Solar panels on the parking rooftops can generate clean electricity for the buildings and vehicles, contributing to Dubai's vision of becoming a global leader in sustainable development. We have several such projects across the Group such as at the Dubai Holding Corporate office, Khawaneej Mall, Outlet Village, and others, with many more in the pipeline.

Green Mobility

We have established similar partnerships, for example with DEWA, to integrate green mobility within several of our assets managed by Dubai Holding Asset Management and Dubai Community Management and have installed charging stations to make electric transport more accessible not only to our customers but also for the general public.

Energy Retrofits Across our Portfolio

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we have implemented many initiatives across our assets to reduce our demand for energy. For example, across Madinat Jumeirah’s 40-hectare resort, we implemented initiatives such as retrofitting the ventilation system, using a cloud-based building management system (BMS), enabling savings of over 600,000 kwh of energy since 2008. Similarly, Dubai Holding Asset Management relies on BMS to manage its assets across the portfolio and is continuously investing in energy retrofits to improve our carbon footprint.

Minimising Food Waste

At Dubai Holding, we are aware of the global challenge of food waste and its environmental impact, especially in the UAE where an average of 2.7 kilos of food per day is wasted. That's why we leverage the latest technologies and engage in strategic partnerships to minimize our food waste and divert as much as possible from landfill, for example by transforming our used cooking oil into biodiesel through our partnership with Lootah biofuels. In the future, we plan to use composting systems to turn our food waste into organic fertilizer.

In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the facility will contribute to reaching the goals set by Dubai Municipality in minimizing the volume of municipal waste in landfills and developing alternative energy sources as well as contribute to sustainable and ecologically friendly waste management in the Emirate and the targets outlined in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

Winnow: AI Solution Addressing Food Waste in Restaurants

Jumeirah Group is committed to reducing food waste and its environmental impact. That's why we have adopted the Winnow system – an AI solution that tracks and analyses food waste at our hotels. The system helps our chefs optimize their procurement, preparation, and menu design, while saving costs and resources. We also use composting systems to turn our food waste into organic fertilizer. Thanks to this initiative, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray alone saved 20,000Kg of food waste in 2022, which translates into 85 tonnes of CO2 emissions or 50,000 meals.

Eliminating Plastic Waste

We are committed to finding sustainable alternatives to plastics and eliminating single-use plastics across all of Dubai Holding’s operations. Our corporate offices are all free of single-use plastic and we continue to investigate into innovative ways to remove more plastics from our supply chain. For Dubai Holding Entertainment, we are piloting bio-plastics made from palm tree waste as a replacement for single-use plastics at some of our entertainment destinations. For Jumeirah, this means implementing initiatives that can help remove up to nine million plastic water bottles from our waste.

Nordaq Water Bottling System

In light of the global surge in plastic consumption, Jumeirah Group is doubling down on its commitment to eliminating single-use plastics across its operations. Building on our pioneering work at the Saadiyat Island property - the first hotel in the UAE to offer reusable plastic bottles to guests, Jumeirah have now implemented a state-of-the-art Nordaq water bottling system at most of our UAE properties. In total, over 70% of the Jumeirah Group’s UAE portfolio have removed single use plastic bottles from their operations. 

Eco-Friendly Hospitality and F&B

Jumeirah Group is transitioning to organic material room amenities and non-petroleum based plastics in our food service operations with a view to its properties being 100% free from petroleum based single –use plastics by 2030. Across its F&B operations, Jumeirah is removing 415km of plastic wraps and bagging, and over 864,000 of plastic food prep and container items. The Group’s move to implement organic room amenities is projected to eliminate a further 22,000kg of plastic waste. Through these initiatives, Jumeirah is driving sustainable luxury hospitality to resonate with increasing guests demands for eco-friendly and socially responsible travel options.

Dubai Can

Dubai Holding supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and joins the Dubai Can campaign, a city-wide initiative by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to reduce plastic waste and promote a refill culture. Dubai Can refill stations are available at leading destinations such as Bluewaters, La Mer, and City Walk.

Water Stewardship

As a responsible corporate citizen, Dubai Holding recognises its role as a water steward in Dubai, a city that faces water challenges and high demand for freshwater. Water stewardship means using and managing water resources in a sustainable and resilient way, by reducing water consumption, increasing water efficiency, and protecting water quality. Through our water stewardship practices, we aim to contribute to the conservation and security of Dubai's water resources and support the city's vision for a green and circular economy.

Water Recycling

Dubai Holding Asset Management, Dubai Holding Entertainment and Jumeirah Group are committed to water stewardship by using treated sewage effluent (TSE) for their landscaping and watering needs. This saves freshwater resources and supports water circularity in Dubai and other regions where they operate. They are also investing in water efficiency technology to reduce their water footprint and enhance their environmental performance. In 2022 alone, Dubai Holding saved around 3.5 million litres of freshwater by using TSE in landscaping activities in the UAE. Dubai Holding also adopts innovative water efficiency technologies, such as on-site water treatment plants and lagoon re-circulation systems, to reduce its water footprint in destinations such as MotionGate, RiverLand, Outlet Village, Lapita Hotel.


Dubai Holding Entertainment is committed to preserving and enhancing the biodiversity of the UAE, and we recognize that biodiversity is essential for the health and wellbeing of people and the planet, as well as for the sustainability and profitability of its businesses.

Turtle Rehabilitation Project

Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, the first project of its kind in the region, the Group has been successfully tending to sick and injured sea turtles since its inception in 2004. Aligned with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment’s initiatives to further protect these creatures that are essential to the local natural ecosystem, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) was established in order to rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild any sea turtles found sick or injured in the region and to research turtle movements throughout the region and beyond via a satellite tracking initiative.

The project also runs an educational programme for school groups - over 1,700 school children from all seven emirates have participated in 2022-23. To date over 2,100 turtles have been returned safely to the Arabian Gulf, with annual rescue figures averaging over 100 animals.

Coral Nurseries in the Maldives

A comprehensive study of Maldives reefs compiled in 2016 showed that over 73% of the country’s corals have bleached. Since then, reef health has continued to deteriorate, and more recently the impacts of climate change threatens to irreversibly accelerate the loss of this essential ecosystem. This is why at Jumeirah Maldives we are passionate about environmental sustainability and promoting public awareness of this growing issue. At this property, weekly coral planting events are organised while providing guests are encouraged to support our restoration efforts of the coral reefs.

Sustainable Design

As a leading masterplan developer in Dubai, Dubai Holding is committed to durable, sustainable, and environmentally conscious development. Through our Sustainable Design Principles, we emphasize resource efficiency, improved indoor environments, and the use of advanced digital tools to reduce waste and environmental impact in our construction and operations.