Wednesday, April 18, 2012

60 Minutes to Save the Earth

Marriott Executive Apartments Manama and Residence Inn by Marriott Manama Juffair, committed with the Environment

"This is a great opportunity for Marriott hotels and business units to demonstrate our environmental commitment to associates, guests, owners, franchisees, and communities worldwide." – Bill Marriott.

Manama, Bahrain, April 16th, 2012 – On the evening of March 31st, millions of people around the world showed their support to Earth Hour 2012, Marriott Executive Apartments Manama in Bahrain and Residence Inn by Marriott Manama Juffair participated in the event by turning off non-essential lightings for 1 hour.

It was a successful night; everyone was excited about the Earth Hour. Families, friends and associates showed their support with the Earth Hour by turning off all the non- essential lights and equipments in their apartments, and gathering in the Skyw@lk Café to celebrate a Candle- Lit dinner.

Marriot Executive Apartments switched off exterior lights of its Twin-Tower building, the lights in the lobby area and Restaurant for 60 minutes starting from 8.30pm.

According to the Chief Engineer of Marriott Executive Apartments Manama, Saeed Qureshi, during this hour we saved 20kwh of energy. This kind of activity like Earth Hour is important because it gives voice to the large number of people who are concerned about the climate changes.

Marriott Executive Apartments Manama, during the past years has been really involved in all kind of activities and ecological programs to protect the environment. According to Saeed Qureshi, Marriott has started different ecological programs such as recycling used oil, creating green roof concept, installing timer in all balconies lights (from 12:00 mid-night until 6:00 am, we turn off the lights), planting trees around the building, installing timer in the guest corridors and replacing all normal lamps with energy saving lamps. "By using these energy saving lamps, now we can save more than a thousand Kilowatts a day, It's not a matter of how much dollars you can save, but it's a matter of what you can do to make the earth as a comfortable place to live for our next generation," explained Saeed Qureshi.

"Marriott is encouraging its hotels, Business Councils and other business units around the world to take part in this event as a kick-off to environmental Awareness Month. Marriott International designates April as "Environmental Awareness Month" to communicate and celebrate the company's commitment to environmentally responsible operations, raise awareness of environmental issues, and involve associates in environmental activities" mentioned Bill Marriott, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International.

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Marriott Executive Apartments, the upscale serviced apartment brand of Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) will nearly double in size in the next 36 months to respond to a growing need in many emerging markets for long-term stay lodging for executive expatriates needing spacious housing and hotel amenities. Including Bahrain, Marriott operates 17 Marriott Executive Apartments in 14 countries outside the U.S., and 14 more hotels are planned in countries such as Qatar, Thailand, Egypt, China, India, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,400 lodging properties in 70 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, The Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; licenses and manages whole-ownership residential brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Residences, JW Marriott Residences and Marriott Residences; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 137,000 employees at 2009 year-end. It is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by Newsweek as one of the greenest big companies in America. In fiscal year 2009, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $11 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

Press Contact:
Oriadna J. Ortega (Sales & PR Executive)
Marriott Executive Apartments Manama
P.O. Box 76151, Al Fateh - Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 17 363 999
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