- Özgür Töre
Due to increasing demand from guests, TIME Hotels, has installed two Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers at two of its Dubai properties.
TIME responded to guests that wanted to charge their electric vehicles while staying at their hotels, in particular guests staying at TIME Oak and TIME Grand Plaza. So, as a part of their overall ongoing corporate environmental campaign, which not only reduces TIMES carbon footprint, but is designed to create awareness and encourage sound environmental practice among all stakeholders, the decision was taken to invest in EV chargers at both properties.
TIME opted for the Post eVolve Smart charging station, which can charge two EVs simultaneously and could easily be installed next to a pillar, therefore optimising their available car parking space.
According to experts, on average EVs emit over three times less carbon than equivalent petrol cars. Research in the EU found that an EV will emit on average 75g of CO2 per kilometre, compared with 240g per kilometre discharged by an equivalent sized petrol car.
“Guest comments have been extraordinary, not just those who are regularly driving to Dubai from places such as Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates, local guests have applauded the initiative,” said CEO, Mohamed Awadalla.
“Quite apart from staying overnight, we now have guests who are attending meetings or joining colleagues for lunch and dinner who find our EV chargers very convenient. They can recharge a normal EV from empty in around 4-10 hours and some hybrids in less than two hours,” he added.
TIME, which celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year, has long been a steadfast advocate and market leader in environmental issues, staff welfare, social responsibility and ethical governance (ESG). Most recently TIME joined a Recycle, Reforest, Repeat initiative with the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) and the Dubai Economy & Tourism Department (DET), collecting over 1,500 kilos of waste paper for recycling.
Furthermore, TIME is working on securing several sustainable projects with the WWF and Emirates Nature to support a number of conservation projects, including the restoration of 10 hectares of mangroves in a priority seascape in the UAE, building a resilient coastal ecosystem.
TIME also participated in the Give and Gain Campaign during Ramadan and managed to donate over two metric tonnes of rice, which was sent to the Emirates Red Crescent.
In recognition of its ongoing support, TIME has also received CSR Label Certification for the eighth consecutive year from the Dubai Chamber, the awards ceremony for which will take place later this month.
Overall, TIME has been the recipient of 79 local, regional and international awards, over the last decade from industry professionals, governments and humanitarian organisations.