AMLAK, an organization responsible for the strategic management of Qatar Foundation real estate assets, has been awarded by H.E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister of Qatar, on behalf of the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) and Kahramaa’s National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency ‘Tarsheed’.

The certificate was presented toAbdul Aziz Al Emadi, AMLAK CEO during the fourth annual celebration of Kahramaa’s National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency ‘Tarsheed’ in presence of  HE Dr Mohammad bin Saleh bin Abdullah Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and HE Eng Essa Bin Hilal Al Kuwari, Kahramaa’s President . AMLAK manages a strategic portfolio of assets that include “Qatar National Convention Centre”, Education City-based Al Shaqab Hotel, as well as other projects in hospitality, leisure venues and sport arenas, in addition to residential and commercial sectors.

AMLAK was honoured for its efforts and commitment to launch sustainability initiatives with its goal to protect and enhance Qatar’s environment.

Through this award, AMLAK was acknowledged and thanked for partnering with “Tarsheed” to launch the first ever in Qatar “Green Hospitality Award”. The new award introduced this year publicly commends businesses within Qatar’s blossoming hospitality industry that incorporate, support and promote best practices in conservation of energy, water and other natural resources.

AMLAK was also recognised for its ongoing efforts to incorporate best practice in the conservation of natural resources during its construction and development of the Qatar International Golf Club (QIGC). As part of its commitment to the local community the exciting new state of the art world-class golfing destination under development in the heart of Education City has placed huge importance on sustainability as it strives to build one of the most technologically advanced, innovative and sustainable golf courses in the world.

On receiving the certificateAbdul Aziz Al Emadi, AMLAK CEO said:

To be presented this recognition is an honour. First and foremost AMLAK is proudly a Qatari organization and our mission and values firmly reflect Qatar’s National Vision (QNV 2030). Therefore, sustaining, protecting and enhancing the environment of Qatar is at the heart of everything we do as a business.’

‘Our desire to establish the new “Green Hospitality Award” in association with “Tarsheed” stems from an ambition to help motivate Qatar’s hospitality and tourism sector to embrace energy conservation strategies.’

It is clear from the overwhelming response to the award and the standard of those nominated, that the hospitality sector in Qatar is ready to take a leading role in shaping Qatar’s sustainable future.”

Speaking in this respect, Abdul Aziz Al Hammadi, Kahramaa Conservation and Energy Efficiency Manager,  said:

We would like to thank all of our partners in the various sectors for supporting the Fourth Annual Ceremony of Tarsheed. I would particularly, like to thank AMLAK for partnering with us to launch the “Green Hospitality Award”, which aims to encourage the Conservation and Energy Efficiency, in the hotel industry and generate awareness among all hospitality sectors.’

Testament to AMLAK’s commitment to best practice in sustainability and energy conservation has been witnessed through the organisation’s new golf facility which was also specifically commended. The project proudly embodies the Qatar 2030 vision for human, social, environmental and economic development by providing a framework to grow the game of golf in Qatar with a focus on making the sport fun and accessible for all.

Truly unique to the region and the world the facility has integrated technology in every aspect especially in minimising the use of water and energy now at the time of its construction and for the future longevity of the course.

Mohammed Al Naimi, Deputy General Manager at Qatar International Golf Course explained why this acknowledgement is important for the project as it strives to be environmentally sustainable as well as valuable economic contribution to Qatar’s luxury leisure and hospitality industry said:

We’re currently on an exciting journey to develop one of the most sustainable golf courses in the world. That journey requires us to redefine and re-invent the way a golf course is constructed. It requires the use of new technology, science and research. We have the potential to be a new blue-print for the world, but our first priority is to maintain and enhance Qatar’s environmental resources.’

During the building process we have been entirely focused on preserving nature and water, reducing energy consumption, controlling pollution and using local and recycled resources. But once operational such a focus upon sustainability will always remain as it is core to our values.’

Since inception the facility has been working with guidance from the Golf Environment Organization, GEO, the international non-profit organization dedicated entirely to providing a credible and accessible system of sustainability standards for the golf industry. The process for becoming GEO certified begins at the design and construction phase right through to the golf club’s ongoing operation, and stringent criteria consider everything from how water and environmental resources are managed, to the social and economic benefits of the facility.

Once completed the project will comprises an 18-hole championship golf course, an innovative 6-hole championship course, a 9-hole par-3 course all designed by Ryder Cup legend and Major Winner, Jose Maria Olazabal as well as high-tech driving range and practice facilities, a centre of excellence and other recreation areas to allow the club to host a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities for all the family.

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