In a bid to push forward its commitment to environmental preservation, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has launched RFID-enabled room keys made entirely from wood – a hospitality first for the UAE.
In alignment with Hilton’s commitment to double its social impact investment and cut its environmental impact in half by 2030, this initiative joins the steps already taken by Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah to phase out plastic. The FSC-certified wooden room keys aim to reduce the amount of plastic waste, as they replace 20,000 plastic keys that are used annually at the property, taking further steps towards the eradication of plastic.
The move builds on the hotel’s implementation earlier this year of the eradication of plastic bottles in the hotel’s outside pool, beach and recreational areas. With a key objective to reduce single-use plastic consumption, plastic bottles were replaced with water stations offering guests a variety of chilled water flavoured with fresh fruits and vegetables, served from sustainable glass containers into reusable and eco-friendly cups. The initiative is set to reduce the hotels’ plastic waste by up to five tonnes annually.
Alongside this, guests can also practice their swing whilst helping to promote Ras Al Khaimah’s marine life. At Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah’s costal driving range, guests can hit ‘eco golf balls’ into the sea. The golf balls are made up of biodegradable ingredients which dissolve into fish food, helping to support and promote local wildlife. Available daily, the ‘eco golf balls’ can be purchased for $4.08.