Majid Al Futtaim has become the first and only conglomerate in the world to be awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum certification for its entire portfolio of hotels.

The certification, awarded by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), strengthens the UAE hospitality industry’s reputation for sustainable development and follows Dubai receiving the platinum rating in LEED for cities in 2019 — making it the first city in the Arab world to garner such a distinction.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is widely respected as the pre-eminent green building rating system; with the award certification being viewed — globally — as a marker of sustainability excellence. The LEED rating system appraises the design, structure and overall operations of a building, assessing how these factors work together to promote efficiency, improve performance and optimise sustainability practices.

Evaluated projects are awarded points across a range of categories, with all accrued points being tallied to determine the LEED rating level of reviewed buildings.

Projects are awarded one of four certifications: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Each of Majid Al Futtaim’s 13 hotels was certified Platinum; with two hotel brands — IBIS Novotel Deira and IBIS Novotel, Mall of the Emirates — garnering a maximum of 88 points on the LEED rating system.