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Site Tours at FHS

The Future Hospitality Summit this year includes site tours to multiple locations that showcase the future of hospitality, restaurants, hotel F&B, and sustainability. Slots are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

World’s Largest Vertical Farm - Bustanica

Monday 19 September | 10:00 - 12:00

Emirates Flight Catering LLC (EKFC) has partnered with Crop One Holdings, Inc. in a joint venture to build the world’s largest Hydroponic Vertical Controlled Environment Agriculture farm in the Middle East.

The farm, located in Dubai, is set to have the industry’s best performance metrics with the lowest operational cost and highest yield per square metre of any vertical farm in the world.

The 31,000 m² Controlled Environment Agriculture Facility building is anticipated to yield the equivalent of farmland two times the area of Dubai International Airport.

This state-of-the-art vertical farm will allow Dubai to reduce its reliance on leafy green imports by creating optimal growing environment for these plants all year round.

Vertical farming is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.

With vertical farming, plants are grown in an entirely controlled environment — everything from the temperature, humidity, lighting, water, and nutrients are precisely monitored and controlled, maximising growth and yield and virtually eliminating any risk of contamination.

Vertical farming requires only 15 litres of water for 1kg of produce whereas traditional farming requires 317 litres of water for 1kg of produce - this represents 95% less water usage.

250,000,000 litres of water is saved every year versus what would be needed for traditional outdoor farming.

The advantage of hydroponic resides in:

  • Better Utilisation of Space
  • Minimal Water Consumption
  • Chemical and Pesticide Free Farming
  • Protection from Adverse Weather Conditions
  • Reduced Labour Costs

A site tour for FHS delegates will be organized to Bustanica, the world's largest vertical farm at 10AM on the first day of FHS.

Fish Farm LLC

Monday 19 September | 10:15 - 12:00

Fish Farm LLC was incorporated in 2013 with the focus on marine fish breeding and hatchery to support the local aquaculture industry and reduce the dependency on the foreign imported fish.

Headquartered in Dubai, Fish Farm has set up three facilities - Caged farming facility in Dibba, hatchery in Um Al Qwain and Inland farming facility in Jebel Ali and reaching a production capacity of 2 million Kgs this year as they embark on a journey towards achieving global leadership in aquaculture.

Fish Farm LLC has spent the past seven years growing sea bream, sea bass, shrimp and yellowtail kingfish. Its focus on marine fish breeding and hatcheries is part of the UAE’s efforts to reduce its dependency on imported fish.

The Inland Farming Facility at Jebel Ali is a closed containment system where the fish breed in a controlled environment, which ensures that the nutritional value, quality and taste of the marine life are optimal. By recycling water at regular intervals, the risk of diseases is almost eradicated, providing the consumers with healthy and delicious seafood.

A site tour to the Fish Farm will be organized for FHS delegates on the first day of the conference.

Museum of the Future

Monday 19 September | 16:00 - 17:00

The Museum of the Future in Dubai is an architectural and engineering marvel. It confidently straddles the past and the future, applying advanced technology to traditional artforms.

The museum ‘speaks Arabic’: its facade is a canvas for the poetry of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum rendered in the calligraphy of Mattar bin Lahej.

The building’s form is symbolic: The circular building represents humanity; the green mound it sits atop represents the earth; the void represents the unknown future. It is a place of tolerance, inviting varied cultural, philosophical, social and spiritual outlooks. It is also a place of learning, exploring the challenges and opportunities shaping our times, and finding solutions for a better future.

A site tour for FHS delegates will be organised to the Museum of the Future.

Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle Lagoon

Monday 19 September | 17:00 - 18:00

The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) is based at Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Al Naseem and is run in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.

The project has been running in its current form since 2004 and has so far seen the release of 2050 rescued sea turtles back into Dubai’s waters. In 2011 alone over 350 sick or injured sea turtles have been treated by the DTRP after being washed up on the regions beaches.

The DTRP is currently the only project of its kind in the Middle East and Red Sea region.

The goal of the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project is to;

  • Rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild any sea turtles that are found sick or injured throughout the region.
  • Educate local children, citizens and international hotel guests about sea turtle biology and the local and global plight of the sea turtle.
  • To understand the success of rehabilitation and to research turtle movements throughout the region and beyond via a satellite tracking initiative.

The project impacts the national, regional and international sea turtle populations by increasing the number of animals in the environment that would have otherwise perished.

A site tour for FHS delegates will be organized to Jumeirah Al Naseem Turtle Lagoon at 5PM on the first day of FHS.