W Muscat gains LEED Gold certification

W Muscat

OMRAN Group’s W Muscat recently acquired the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED Gold) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The high-end hotel secured a Gold Certification for its sustainable approach to various construction aspects, including water efficient landscaping, utilisation of environmental-friendly materials and innovative water usage technology. It represents the fifth project in OMRAN Group’s portfolio to gain a LEED certification, joining Alila Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Atana Musandam Resort, Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Package Two – Exhibition Center) and the Crowne Plaza Hotel Muscat, OCEC.

Senior vice president of development management, OMRAN Group, Stuart Ingram declared: “W Muscat is an architectural masterpiece as it brings a new definition to the word ‘luxury’. OMRAN Group is proud to have set a new benchmark that reflects its promise of delivering an experience so premium that our guests are awestruck.

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“Sustainability is at the fore of any project OMRAN undertakes. All developments of OMRAN adhere to stringent environmental and HSE guidelines to limit the negative impact on the Sultanate’s natural resources and reduce the carbon footprint. The LEED Gold Certification serves as a testament of our commitment to creating a sustainable tourism infrastructure and future for the Sultanate,” Ingram added.

LEED Certifications recognise measures for environmental protection provided by a building’s architectural and construction elements. W Muscat’s design boasts stormwater design, wastewater technologies, fuel-efficient vehicles and low-emitting materials. The hotel uses minimal plastic throughout and operates on a reduced-paper system in back-of-house activities.

Adding to this, visitors are offered the option to limit certain water services to reduce usage.

General manager, W Muscat, Gerald Chevasson explained: “It is becoming more important than ever for us to consciously assess our business practices from a sustainability point of view. Our key priority is to ensure W Muscat positively contributes towards the preservation of our environment and the ecosystem we function in.

“Living in a country like Oman, with such natural beauty, we are inspired to continue doing more every day in the area of sustainability through our fruitful collaboration with OMRAN Group,” Chevasson concluded.