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Steven Bishop, Director of Operations at RAK Leisure discusses sustaining the beauty of nature 1484 meters above sea level at 1484 Puro.

What do the first 30 minutes of your day look like, your morning routine?

I start my day with a cup of English Breakfast tea to get my mind and body on track for the day ahead. I then read the previous day’s operations reports and ensure that the necessary issues have been addressed in the appropriate manner. Following that, I check the social media channels and begin final preparations for any upcoming meetings or visits that I or the team have scheduled for the day.

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Can you tell us more about the area and how 1484 was realized?

1484 is part of a wider master plan for the activation of the Jebel Jais mountains, the project was developed and delivered between RAK Leisure and RAK TDA to deliver not only a unique but quality-driven restaurant that adds further value to the existing adventure-based activities. The name 1484 comes from the fact that the restaurant is 1484m above sea level. Is it a complex task to keep the restaurant and area in the optimal condition against the elements at this level? Due to the location, it takes a lot of daily and future planning to ensure that the restaurant is kept at its optimal operating capacity. There are many other partners and unsung heroes behind the scenes who play a vital part in the overall success of the restaurant and without them, it would simply not be able to function. We also have a common belief and ethos that it is our duty to ensure we protect these wonderful assets and the natural beauty of Jebel Jais.

You’ve recently launched The View by 1484. Tell us more about it and how have you implemented sustainable measures throughout this facility?

The view is a lounge area that is more focused on the beverage offerings with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages along with a small grab-and-go menu catered by 1484. It has a 360-degree view of the mountains, is fully open-air and only operates from September to May. This location is the perfect way to spend a few hours relaxing, and can cater for private events/parties is totally unique surroundings. The building and furniture are made out of fully recycled shipping containers and wooden pallets and all our packaging is fully biodegradable. The menu is focused on health and nutrition – was this the goal from the outset and how does this serve your clients? It’s a balanced menu offering a selection of international dishes that cater to all. From healthy options to sweet tooth options plus Vegetarian and Vegan dishes, there are countless dishes to choose from. There is also an emphasis on using locally sourced pro- duce which is highlighted by the olive oil, honey and olives which are all grown and farmed in the Jebel Jais mountains.

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Can you tell us more about implementing Yoga sessions as an offering and how this supports sustaining the balance and beauty of nature within the area?

Yoga sessions are one of the many activities that are available on Jebel Jais with its stunning views, cooler climate and spectacular sunrise or sunset. This venue ensures you get out of the usual gym and it allows you to be at one with nature followed by a healthy breakfast. How would you describe 1484 by Puro and why should anyone visit who has not to date? There are so many words that could describe the restaurant and location. I would say that the overall experience is truly “one of a kind” in this region. For those who visit, it’s the perfect escape from the daily hustle and bustle of everyday life, along with a gorgeous view that adds to the location.

What’s the most beautiful time to visit?

The most beautiful time is watching the sun fall over the Hajar Mountains, which is absolutely spectacular.

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This is The Sustainability Issue – how are you personally and professional contributions to a more sustainable way of living?

Sustainability is a key driver for not only the restaurant but the Emirate as a whole. I am fortunate to be able to drive the eco-conscious measures alongside our partners. By April 2022, we will remove all single-use plastic from the operations and all our packaging/paper will be environmentally friendly using PLA and biodegradable products. We will work with the waste management agency to create recycling centres not just for our operations but for any current or future operators that are based on the mountain. Systematic segregation of waste material takes place with food composters for farmers to use. Additionally, we will continue to source locally grown produce for our menus, thereby helping local businesses within the UAE and last but not least remove the usage of plastic water bottles from the operations and move to filtered and bottled water.

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