Responding to growing awareness of the environmental toll of single-use plastics, Dubai Airports has committed to banning their use by 2020. The group reported that in the last six months 16 tonnes of single use plastic bottles and bottle caps had been collected. Dubai Airports already recycles 43,000 tonnes of paper, glass and other items each year.

“At an airport that hosts some 90 million people per year, we believe we can make a tangible difference by eliminating single use plastics in consumer spaces,” explained Eugene Barry, executive vice-president, commercial at Dubai Airports. “Today we are making a commitment to work with all of our concession and hospitality partners to achieve that goal effective January 1, 2020.”