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World's top hotel going green for Paddy's Day

THE world's top luxurious hotel in Dubai will be turning green for St Patrick's Day.

Leading hotelier Gerald Lawless, who was speaking at the graduation of students at the Shannon College of Hotel Management, confirmed the seven- star Burj Al Arab will be green for the occasion.

Mr Lawless is currently executive chairman of one of the world's leading hotel groups, the Jumeriah Group.

The Dubai-based group is regarded as one of the most luxurious and innovative hotel and resorts groups in the world and among its flagship hotels is the renowned Burj Al Arab.

The Shannon College of Hotel Management has the unrivalled record of 100pc employment on graduation day for all of its students since it was founded in 1951. It has supplied over 2,000 graduates to the hotel industry, many of whom having gone on to manage and, in some cases, own leading Irish and international hotel properties.

Mr Lawless said: "The international community is looking on with admiration at how the economy is being turned around and this is important. It is a significant change from what the perception was a few years ago.

"It is, I am sure, a slow and painful process but it is working. We have seen that with the jobs announcements over recent months and more will come."