a lifestyle hotel brand based in the UAE, has confirmed that all of its upcoming hotel
developments will be certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards
– an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of eco-friendly
The progressive move will ensure that Shaza’s first seven properties
- Dubai, Doha, Muscat, Cairo, Bahrain, Jeddah and Marrakech - are designed to follow the internationally-recognized guidelines of
“There is a great synergy between the cultural traditions of the region and a deep respect for the environment. Shaza has therefore taken the
initiative to obtain this globally-respected certification, as part of a conscientious shift towards environmentally sustainable hotels,” said
Christopher Hartley, CEO, Shaza Hotels.
The international rating system takes into account five key human and environmental health criteria when evaluating the design of a project:
sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
“As part of our commitment that each hotel will be LEED certified, Shaza will be merging environmental sustainability with contemporary
architecture and modern design. This approach further differentiates this unique regional brand and will ensure that our product meets the
expectations of our clientele as a modern, forward-thinking luxury hotel,” concluded Hartley.
Launched last year, Shaza is the product of a partnership between
Kempinski and international financial firm, Guidance Financial Group.
The hotel group will own and operate properties in gateway cities around the region, with its first opening in Dubai in early 2009.
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