Metito delivers self sustaining water treatment systems for the unique desert resort of Al Maha

Nov. 21, 2000
The UAE hotel management and its main contractor has selected a new system that would treat and conserve the existing natural deep-water resource, which the resort has been built on.

Dubai, UAE, Nov 12, 2000 (AME Info)—The hotel management, in conjunction with the main contractor Arabtech Company, selected METITO to install a system that would treat and conserve the existing natural deep-water resource, which the resort has been built on. This guarantees continuous fresh water supply to the hotel guests staying in the 30 villas, in the heart of the Al Maha wildlife reserve.

Al Maha desert resort project manager, Tony Williams, explains that the resort is located over one of the best and last pure water resources available in the United Arab Emirates.

Williams said "To enable us meet the highest international standards, this water source has to be adequately treated. METITO has installed a first class product to the resort utilizing a tailor made reverse osmosis treatment plant that treats on average 80,000 litres of water a day".

Water used at the resort is carefully collected and recycled at a total of eleven recycling points. This water is then used for landscaping in the resort and wildlife reserve where 6,000 new indigenous plants have been planted. It is also used for animal drinking at the resort that supports a number of rare species including the Arabian Oryx and Scimitar Horned Oryx.

Mutaz Ghandour, the METITO's Group Managing Director said "Our challenge was to introduce a water treatment plant into one of the most exotic and pioneering desert environments you can find.

"Our extensive experience in arid conditions coupled with our engineering and technical expertise,enabled METITO to deliver the system that exactly fits the requirements of the Al Maha Desert Resort. This will enable the resort meet all the demands of their guests and staff members in an environmentally friendly atmosphere".

The scope of work for METITO on this project included turn-key design, engineering, fabrication, supply, installation, commissioning, full operation and preventive maintenance and the reverse osmosis plant has a capacity of up to 80,000 litres of water per day.

Ghandour, said, that the levels of water being extracted at Al Maha would enable the resort to maintain self sufficiency for water. "Al Maha draws very little water for a resort of its size and the extensive recycling systems in the place means that Al Maha will be able to maintain its self-sufficiency for fresh water for the foreseeable future", he explained.

The resort is responsible for conservation and wildlife, and profits from the resort operation are used to fund and support the nature reserve and wildlife breeding programmes.

The Al Maha desert resort project is only one of many among a large number of prestigious resorts achievements for METITO in the United Arab Emirates and other countries in the Middle and Far East.

METITO is the leading international company for the provision of environmentally friendly water and wastewater treatment plants, desalination plants and water supply projects. It was founded in 1958 and has project management capabilities to undertake similar and much larger projects world-wide. In the UAE, METITO manages its Middle East, Africa and Asia operation from their Regional Headquaters in Sharjah, and have factory and laboratory facilities in the Hamriya Free Zone.

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