Marriott Junior Business Council Qatar represented by 8 Marriott International properties – W Doha Hotel & Residences, The St. Regis Doha, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Sharq Village & Spa, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha Marriott Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Doha and Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, came together along with the members of Doha Sub Aqua Club, to clean-up the beach on Saturday, 5 May 2018.

Qatar Junior Business Council is a sub-council part of Qatar Marriott Worldwide Business Council that organises a wide variety of corporate social responsibility events to raise awareness about critical issues such as education in under-developed countries, animal cruelty and environmental changes.

80 volunteers took part in the beach clean-up at New Club Reef in Mesaieed to make a difference and raise awareness of pollution increase in Qatar’s coastline. More than 80 bags of litter were retrieved from beach and ocean, which were then collected by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment as part of their ongoing commitment to maintain a litter-free coast in the country.

Tania Rodrigues, Qatar Marriott Junior Business Council’s President, said:

Scientists estimate more than 17 billion pounds of plastic are polluting our oceans every year. This plastic not only threatens the life of marine species, but also impacts us and our future generations negatively. Today along with the associates from 8 Marriott International properties and the divers from Doha Sub Aqua Club, we are here to make a difference to ‘SEA’ the change to protect the environment and marine life.’

Tim Wood, Doha Sub Aqua Club’s Chairman, commented:

It is staggering to consider the amount of waste that enters the ocean every day, most of it due to a lack of knowledge or just a plain lack of consideration for the environment. As divers, we often see the results of this, with debris being found on the sea floor even on our deeper dives. We try as individuals to recover what we can, but it is good to know that we can assist in an organised mass clean-up. Hopefully it will make more people aware of the harm that waste – particularly plastics – can do to the marine environment and that it will encourage them to reduce the amount of plastics they consume and to make them dispose of all waste properly.’

Rodrigues stated:

We are very happy to be able to organise such an amazing event. I am very proud of my team who is very passionate about the current environmental issues and have spent their weekend making a difference for the local community. You can follow our activities on our Facebook page and we are very excited to continue living one of Marriott’s core values – Serve Our World.’