The Middle East's first solar-powered hotel is expected to be fully operational by 2018 as construction on Hotel Indigo is set to begin, said a report.
According to a report in Gulf News, the 153-room, three storey hotel - being built by Diamond Developers - will be operated under InterContinental Hotel Group's (IHG) lifestyle boutique brand Indigo.
"We have the final architectural design and work will start within weeks," the report quoted Diamond Developers CEO Faris Saeed as saying.
Designed to be a sustanable model, the hotel will rely heavily on a farm-to-table philosophy, with around 60 to 70 per cent of the hotel’s fresh produce needs, such as herbs and vegetables, being sourced from an adjoining farm, Saeed said.
Moreover, all the water from the hotel will be utlilised for landscaping and where possible, construction materials from the creation of Phase 1 of Dubai Sustainable City will be re-purposed within the hotel.
The hotel, which will The hotel development will take up 300,000 sq ft, will be located in Dubai’s Sustainable City.