With alarming climate change reports hitting us every week, mother nature should be at the top of your list of charitable donations this Eid. With Eid falling on an extended weekend this year, you’ll probably feel an unrelenting temptation to take a trip, but if you want to keep up the spirit of the holy month and stay somewhere that doesn’t harm the planet, you don’t need to travel far afield.
But this doesn’t mean your holiday has to be any less exciting, the Middle East is home to plenty of stunning eco retreats, many of which have sustainability at the forefront. From Egypt to the UAE, we’ve rounded up the five best spots to book this Eid.
Adrere Amellal Oasis, EgyptEgyptian holidays take on new meaning with Adrere Amellal. Located on the edge of one of Siwa’s salt lakes, the socially-conscious ecolodge pays tribute to the environment that surrounds it, with 40 rooms built with locally sourced salt-rock and palm, and furniture made by local craftsmen – it’s the perfect Egyptian getaway.
Al Maha, UAESitting just outside of Dubai, in the heart of the Desert Conservation reserve. Al Maha hotel is perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Not only is the hotel sustainable (they re-use cooking oil as bio diesel, and battery powered vehicles), but their efforts to retain Bedouin heritage are commendable too. Be sure to check out their 2,000 strong collection of artifacts while you’re there.
Feynan Ecolodge, JordanA trip to Wadi Feynan should already be on your bucket-list, but your trip will take on new heights with a stay at Feynan Ecolodge on the Dana River Biosphere Reserve (the country’s largest natural reserve). The sand-coloured property is entirely solar-powered, and completely secluded, which is perfect for an off-grid weekend.
Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge, MoroccoWhen it comes to sustainability, Morocco leads the way with a slew of options. But a stay at the award-winning Atlas Kasbah in Agadir is a must, particularly if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist-packed tropes of Marrakech.
Alila Jabal Akhdar, OmanOman is known for its killer views and stunning resorts. Located in the south is Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel, a property that offers exactly that, and it doesn’t compromise on its environmental impact.