Dubai goes green

ENOC set to open first 'green' service station

Dubai is set to open the Middle East's first eco-friendly service station next year.

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOCplans to equip the station with a variety of state-of-the-art environmental systems, such as solar-powered lighting and a ‘waterless' car-washing system.

The first ‘green' service station will open in the first half of 2010 at Emirates Hills in Dubai.

The systems will include an art vapour recovery system to ensure no toxic fumes escape into the atmosphere.

Solar powered lighting will power lamps, which will only need to be replaced once every 12 years.

Water will be saved by using a new waterless ‘No-Wet' technique, which allows customers to have their cars cleaned without using a single drop of water.

ENOC also plans to add in waste management systems, to use furniture made from recycled materials and to install a sound barrier to reduce noise pollution.

Saeed Abdullah Khoory, ENOC's chief executive, said the company has "ambitious plans to open more green service stations at a later stage."

ENOC was established in 1993 and is wholly-owned by the government of Dubai.

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