David Thomson is COO of JA Hotels and Resorts. David Thomson is COO of JA Hotels and Resorts.

JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort has been re-accredited with a certification from the Blue Flag Programme, which supports eco-friendly beaches and marinas.

The Blue Flag Programme is operated under the ‘Foundation for Environmental Education’ headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is awarded to beaches and marinas in 46 countries.

In order to qualify for this, JA Resorts & Hotels has met and maintained a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria.

Jorg Dittrich, director sports & leisure, JA Resorts and Hotels, said: "At JA Resorts & Hotels we place a premium on the sustainability and enhancement of the environment we inhabit; taking care to foster cleanliness, awareness and care for the marina and beaches on our properties. It is rewarding to see our constant effort toward green initiatives being recognised and we are thrilled to be able to carry the Blue Flag at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resorts for yet another year."

The brand has carried out a chain of activities geared toward educating both resort associates and in-house guests on various aspects of environmental outreach.

The JA resort team has developed regular training sessions for its associates on environmental hot topics. The resort also displays information on-site and online about the sea life and bird species present on the property and offers guests a visit to the Bio-Garden, which generates 100% organic produce to satisfy the resort's herb needs and vegetable needs for White Orchid and Signatures restaurants.

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The Children’s Club at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort also has a range of eco-friendly activities targeted toward younger guests. Fishing is a popular recreational activity at the resort and JA Resorts & Hotels has a companywide policy to exercise “Catch and Release” fishing only. JA undertakes responsibility to educate all resort guests on fishing quota regulations in an increased effort to preserve the natural ecosystem surrounding its property.

JA Resorts & Hotels commitment to the environment has also resulted in Green Globe certification for sustainable tourism being awarded to both JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort and JA Ocean View Hotel.

COO David Thomson commented: "At JA Resorts & Hotels, we are committed to environmental protection and we try our best to find environmentally friendly initiatives that can be implemented group wide.

"Looking after our guests is as essential to us as looking after the environment and especially the community they enter and experience. Our efforts to save energy, increase recycling, manage resources, reduce our carbon footprint, be involved in charitable projects an enhance marine life are just a few examples of the company’s steps towards making a difference and we are proud of how far we have come with each scheme."