Ras Al Khaimah has been awarded a Silver Certification under EarthCheck’s Sustainable Destinations programme. The emirate is the first destination in the Middle East to earn this level of recognition for sustainability.
The certification involves meticulous monitoring, benchmarking, and auditing across 10 sustainability indicators – from energy and water consumption to waste management, carbon footprint analysis and community engagement.
The Silver Certification comes just weeks out from the United Nations’ climate change conference COP28, being held in the UAE in late November. The conference agenda this year will focus on achieving the global emissions reduction target of 43% by 2030.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has also launched its own sustainability certification programme for tourism businesses, Responsible RAK. Over 20 tourism businesses are part of the programme today. The list includes:
- Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA)
- The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach
- The Cove Rotana Resort Ras Al Khaimah
- Jais Flight, the world’s longest zipline
- Jais Sledder, the region’s longest toboggan ride
- 1484 by Puro, the UAE’s highest restaurant
- Bear Grylls Explorers Camp
- RAK Leisure Administration Office
- SAFARAK Travel and Tour company
More stakeholders are set to achieve Responsible RAK Silver status in the near future.
The upcoming Wynn Al Marjan Island will be developed to the highest standards of sustainability best practice. Wynn Resorts’ sustainable design and development practices have earned its buildings LEED Platinum and Four Green Globes certifications globally.