ACWA, ECOHZ partner to empower local communities

The project in Morocco aims to increase the income and employability of communities. (Photo by WOCAN)
Updated 23 December 2018

ACWA, ECOHZ partner to empower local communities

ACWA Power, a water desalination and power generation firm, recently collaborated with a key player in energy sector, ECOHZ, which offers global renewable energy solutions to businesses, organizations and electricity providers, to empower local women and support communities in Morocco. 

“Stemming from its commitment to communities it operates in, and following its development of the world’s largest concentrated solar power plan project, Noor Power Plant in Morocco, ACWA Power concludes the year by empowering women around the planet through increasing income and employability and improving education,” a press release said. 

ACWA Power works closely with WOCAN, the international membership network working toward gender equality, and creator of W+ Standard (W+), which measures the impact of projects on women’s empowerment and increases their access to resources and capital, scaling up solutions to climate change, food security and poverty. 

The CSR project increases income and improves livelihoods of the local female population. It recognizes the social capital created by women, rewards women’s contributions to sustainable environment communities, provides access to women in local communities to basic needs including education and health care, and increases the income and employability of women to help ensure gender equality. 

Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of ACWA Power, said: “We are passionate about our model of developing plants in remote areas and actively collaborating with the local communities. This results in empowerment of local communities, creation of employment opportunities, and generation of economic activity — which we consider our long-term commitment.”

We are proud to be working with W+ to contribute toward increasing income and employability.” 

Tom Lindberg, managing director at ECOHZ, added: “We work to change corporations’ energy behavior and are enthusiastic to be able to empower women at the same time — contribute to both SDG 7 (clean energy) and SDG 5 (gender equality).”

In coordination with WOCAN’s pursuit of sustainable development, it has been reported that W+ is the first instrument that offers the possibility to measure, verify, and report the fifth and seventh critical sustainable development goals (SDGs), which are part of the larger 17 SDGs set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. 

The collaboration between ACWA Power, ECOHZ and WOCAN has been able to heavily contribute to these SDG’s and consequently amplify the welfare of women in Morocco.

Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Updated 17 June 2019

Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Rove Hotels, a contemporary midscale hotel brand, has opened its sixth hotel in Dubai — Rove At The Park — in Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region. As the opening offer, guests can stay at Rove At The Park for 199 dirhams ($54) per night inclusive of two tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Rove At The Park has 579 rooms and interconnecting family rooms. Guests at Dubai Parks and Resorts can access more than 100 fun rides and attractions spread across Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. This is in addition to free access to themed zones, street ambiance and numerous shops and restaurants at Riverland Dubai.
On the opening of the new hotel, Paul Bridger, corporate director of operations, Rove Hotels, said: “Guests love Rove Hotels for their convenient locations, funky interiors, chilled ambience and great service, which have made the brand one of the most popular in the city. We are excited to open Rove At The Park, our sixth and largest property in Dubai. The hotel offers a launchpad to discover Dubai Parks and Resorts and the rest of the city.”
Ahmed Al-Rayyes, chief retail and hospitality officer, DXB Entertainments, the company that owns Dubai Parks and Resorts, said:
“Dubai Parks and Resorts is a dynamic leisure destination with attractions that appeal to families, couples, and theme park enthusiasts from around the globe. With the opening of Rove At The Park, guests will have easy access to a vibrant new hotel that is perfect for residents looking for a quick weekend getaway. Opening a second hotel is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts’ strategy to have more than 1,300 keys at the destination by the second half of 2020. We look forward to welcoming even more tourists who will now be able to enjoy rides and attractions at the park, with the option of a conveniently located hotel in the vicinity.”
Rove At The Park is just over half an hour drive from the Dubai International Airport and the Al-Maktoum International Airport. Additionally, the hotel is just minutes away from the future Expo 2020 location, making it convenient for visitors traveling to the exhibition.
The design of Rove At The Park is inspired by the local area and uses art to tell stories and offer Instagrammable moments throughout the hotel. All 579 rooms house a 48-inch interactive TV screen with a smart media hub and free Wi-Fi. The rooms have designer mattresses, pull-out beds for extra guests, a mini-fridge, a large safe, and a modern bathroom with power rain showers.