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Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar re-certified by Green Globe for fourth consecutive year

Peter Hoesli, General Manager
Green Globe recently re-certified Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar for the fourth year running with the property attaining a high compliance score of 82%.
The elegant 12-story Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar is located on the city’s popular Corniche in Saudi Arabia. Each room overlooks splendid views of the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf shore. Guests and business travelers alike can choose from four restaurants including the famous Mahajara by Michelin-Star chef Vineet Bhatia.

Overall, the hotel achieved commendable energy reductions in 2015. The property’s energy usage is monitored daily by its technical department as well as monthly with the Hotel Optimizer Management system. This system managed by Green Globe’s preferred partner in the Middle East– FARNEK, records and maximizes all energy consumption generated from electricity, fuel and gas. It is also used to monitor water usage and records individual waste materials such as cardboard, paper, glass and cooking oil in order to minimize consumption and meet environmental responsibilities.

Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar has an excellent sustainability management system in place. The property is now 75 % integrated with LED light technology that annually saves around 8% of total energy consumption. In addition, the Adiabatic air cooling system installed on two of the hotel’s chillers has shown very good results during the last two months with an energy saving of 8-10%.

Peter Hoesli, General Manager at Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar said: “Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar is continuously supporting the community in different ways. We focus on energy conservation and also social development, by supporting company start-ups by women, and producing sweets and other amenities for sale at the hotel’s Deli Shop.”

The hotel places a strong emphasis on its social initiatives and participated in an event initiated by the World Economic Forum on World Autism Awareness Day. “Lst Wahdk” (which translates into “You are not alone”) was a one-day event held to raise awareness and understanding about autism in Saudi Arabia. Events included panel discussions, workshops by autism experts and artworks created by a talented autistic female artist that were later auctioned.

“We aim to include all our employees in such activities, which are creating a bond with the local community. Also, the hotel continues to encourage youngsters to choose a career in the hospitality industry, which is emphasized through the Mövenpick Saudi Development Centre programs (MSDC). It is our way to give back to the local community and have them grow together with us,” added Mr. Hoesli.

The MSDC is a unique internship program implemented by Mövenpick properties across the Kingdom, arming interns with knowledge and experience through valuable cross training that is significant for their professional and personal development. On average, 10-20 Saudi nationals undergo training for a period of six weeks in various operational and administrative departments to provide them with a basic knowledge of hotel procedures.

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