The world’s foremost scientific benchmarking and certification program for travel destinations, Earth Check’s Sustainable Destinations, has given Ras Al Khaimah Silver Certification. The emirate is the first Middle Eastern location to receive this level of sustainability accreditation.
In addition to meticulously monitoring, benchmarking, and auditing across 10 sustainability indicators, including waste management, carbon footprint analysis, and community participation, the certification process is supported by EarthCheck’s in-depth scientific criteria.
The significance of Ras Al Khaimah’s sustainability certification is increased by the difficulties presented by the local climate, which necessitates a more robust approach to managing energy and water use than is typical in order to satisfy EarthCheck’s demanding standards.
Prior to the COP28 United Nations climate change summit, which will take place in the UAE in late November, the Silver Certification was issued. The conference’s agenda this year will center on reaching the 43% reduction in global emissions goal by 2030.
The achievement of EarthCheck’s Silver Certification, according to Raki Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), strengthened Ras Al Khaimah’s goal to lead sustainable tourism in the UAE and the region by 2025.
This significant accomplishment, according to Phillips, “amplifies our commitment to sustainable, balanced, and purpose-driven tourism industry growth.”
Stewart Moore, the founder and CEO of EarthCheck, predicted that Ras Al Khaimah’s Silver designation would strengthen and improve both the local economy and the tourism sector.
“Ras Al Khaimah is now recognized as a regional pioneer in sustainable tourism thanks to the destination management commitments and sustainable tourism guidelines, which also offer a framework for action across the community and business.
“Adopting sustainable practices will make sure that Ras Al Khaimah’s distinctive environment and rich culture can be both encouraged and maintained while the travel and tourist sector continues to expand. EarthCheck is eager to participate actively in this endeavor.
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