Abdulla Bin Sulayem. Abdulla Bin Sulayem.

Seven Tides CEO Abdulla Bin Sulayem told Hotelier Middle East in an interview that the company is planning to implement hydroponic farming at each of its hotels to source produce supply in-house.

Sulayem revealed that Seven Tides is currently conducting a pilot programme on the World Islands to study the concept before rolling out the initiative to the other properties – namely Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Dukes Dubai, and Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate hotel.

“We are studying to create our own in-house hydroponic farm. This way, we can start growing our own vegetable and fruits. We already have a pilot that we built but we would like to come with a full-fledged solution that each hotel provides independently its own sources of vegetable and fruits,” he explained.

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Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using nutrient-rich water solutions infused with minerals instead of soil thereby allowing plants to be harvested throughout the year despite the harsh weather condition in this region.

This method, Sulayem points out, is “far more space efficient and costs the company transportations costs for the products and also reduces water consumption”.

“They don’t take a lot of space so they consume a lot less water than traditional gardening techniques. So we would like to apply it remotely at each individual hotel. This will save money on transporting all of these products and I think it’s one of our best initiative so far,” Sulayem noted.