Taj Sheba Celebrates The World Environment Day [Archives:2001/24/Culture]

June 11 2001

Under the theme of ‘I Love My Environment’ the Taj Sheba Hotel, in collaboration with the Indian Embassy School celebrated on the 5th of June the World Environment Day. Students of the school and staff of the hotel marched around the Friendship Bridge carrying banners with the message: ‘Save Energy’, ‘Save the Planet’, ‘Save Life Plant a Tree’, etc. They stood for about half an hour under the bridge distributing cards to drivers urging them to keep the environment clean. The day was also observed as a none-smoking day. Neither the staff nor the gusts of the Hotel smoked.
As a part of the celebrations lectures on hazards of smoking and environment were delivered by Dr. Pasai of the Sana’a Medical Laboratories and Mr. Jean Francois, agricultural economist at the World Bank. Furthermore, a large number of plants were distributed by the Hotel to companies’ offices free for plantation.

The day before, a number of lectures pertaining to environment were delivered at the Taj Sheba. The audience included prominent personalities like the Minister of Tourism and Environment, Mr. Abdumalik al-Iryani, Chairman of the Environment Protection Council Mr. Mohsen Al-Hamdani, and James Rawely Chief of UNDP, which is giving a major assistance to environment in Yemen. A number of songs about environment were performed by school students. Earlier on this day, participants took part in a cleaning campaign around the Hotel.
On Friday, children of the school took part in a drawing competition that focused on environmental issues.
On the 5th of June every year the Taj Sheba works to create an awareness about the environment. This reflects the high commitment of the Taj Group of Hotels to the environment issues under the sponsorship of the Head Office at Bombay. All Taj Hotels, carry out the same activities in each city in India. Last year, participants marched through the city of Sana’a carrying similar banners impressing upon the people to keep their city and environment clean. The event also included a free-car-check by Mercedes Benz.
Hisham Al-Qubati