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Dubai’s first solar-power and zero waste hotel consisting of 170 rooms will open doors in the first half of 2017 will have solar buses to transport guests to different locations in the emirate.

The Indigo Hotel by InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) will be part of Dubai’s first sustainable integrated development The Sustainable City (TSC).

The hotel will be a Net Zero energy building, where 100 per cent of its energy needs will be met by solar power. All waste water produced by the hotel will be recycled, and all material waste will be sorted at source and then recycled. A solar powered shuttle bus transportation service will be available to guests of the hotel, ensuring they are well-connected to Downtown Dubai.

The complex will include residences, a green school, a community centre, an equestrian centre, solar covered parking lots and an organic farm which will supply all the herbs the community needs, as well as tourist attractions such as a Planetarium and a grass Amphitheatre for hosting events.

Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, said: “We’re looking forward to working closely with Diamond Developers to bring this hotel to Dubai and help showcase another great neighbourhood in a way that only Hotel Indigo can do.”

Faris Saeed, CEO, Diamond Developers, added: “Dubai is a truly global city and is expanding in new and interesting ways every day. The Sustainable City will set the standard for environmental standards and will include a number of interesting tourist attractions as well as venues to attract business events and meetings.”

IHG currently operates 18 hotels in the UAE, with another 10 hotels due to open in the next three to five years.