Oman’s First Hydroponic Farm in a Luxury Hotel Alila Jabal Akhdar

Roundup Wednesday 03/July/2024 07:54 AM
By: Times News Service
Oman’s First Hydroponic Farm in a Luxury Hotel Alila Jabal Akhdar

Alila Jabal Akhdar, perched majestically at 2000 meters above sea level on the cliffs of the Hajar mountains, has always been a beacon of luxury and eco-consciousness. Today, with the inauguration of Oman's first hydroponic farm in a luxury hotel, Alila Jabal Akhdar sets a new benchmark for sustainability in the region.

This innovative initiative is structured in two phases. Phase 1, which began earlier this year and spans 646 square meters, saw its first harvest in March. This phase includes the cultivation of lettuces, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, and bell peppers, with blueberries currently in process. Utilizing hydroponics—a soil-free method that employs nutrient-rich water—allows for year-round production of fruits and vegetables at an accelerated rate.

The hydroponic farm at Alila Jabal Akhdar showcases its dedication to enriching guest experiences with distinctive Alila Moments. Guests can personally harvest fruits and vegetables, followed by dining at the Open Kitchen picnic area, where chefs will prepare a tailor-made menu. This innovative concept, envisioned by General Manager Puneet Singh, underscores Alila's core value of sustainability and their promise to deliver exceptional and unique experiences to guests.

“We are incredibly proud to lead the way in sustainable agriculture in the Omani hospitality sector,” said General Manager Puneet Singh. “Our hydroponic farm is not just an investment in the environment; it’s a pledge to our guests and the local community that we are committed to fostering a sustainable future.”

The hydroponic farm, the first of its kind for any hotel in Oman, promises to expand in Phase 2, introducing a wider variety and increased volumes of fruits and vegetables. This initiative that aims to redefine farm to table concept, is intended to complement local produce, providing jobs and sustaining the local economy.

Alila Jabal Akhdar plans to offer educational tours for guests and local schools, highlighting the importance of sustainable practices and inspiring the next generation to embrace eco-friendly innovations.

The hydroponic farm is officially set to launch on 4th July 2024 by Dr. Hasil Obaid Al Mahrouqi, CEO of OMRAN Group, accompanied by other official delegates, marking a significant milestone in the resort's sustainability journey.

In addition to the hydroponic farm, Alila Jabal Akhdar is engaged in several other sustainability initiatives. The resort boasts an organic farm producing seasonal fruits and vegetables, and is home to hundreds of pomegranate, plum, and rose plants, with ongoing cultivation of figs, apricots, and olive trees. Two beehives on the property allow for the harvesting of fresh honey for guests. The resort also prioritizes water conservation through a dedicated treatment plant and water recycling systems. Furthermore, solar energy is utilized to heat water in guest rooms, and energy-efficient lighting is implemented throughout the resort.

As the sun sets over the majestic Hajar mountains, the hydroponic farm stands as a symbol of a greener future. Alila Jabal Akhdar invites you to join them on this remarkable journey towards sustainability, where luxury and environmental stewardship go hand in hand.

For more information about Alila Jabal Akhdar and its sustainability initiatives, please visit or contact +968 25 344200 for more information.