Jumeirah Frankfurt and its Skyline Bees
On Jumeirah Frankfurt’s rooftop on 28th floor, more than 40,000 bees have found their home.
Every day they fly out to visit the flowers in the botanical garden Palmengarten, the Main river embankment, parks and balconies within their three kilometres flight radius.These busy little helpers produce our very own Skyline Honey, which can be tasted directly from the honeycomb during breakfast at restaurant Max on One.
At Talise Spa, you can relax during the unique Skyline Honey Treatment, a fruity body scrub mixed with Skyline Honey. Or ask for a special honey cocktail at Ember Bar & Lounge.You can also purchase a glass of Skyline Honey to take home as a souvenir, together with our plush mascot “Jumbee”, the Jumeirah bee.
Bees in the City
An interesting recent development to create new habitat for bees is “Urban Beekeeping”, i.e. keeping bee colonies in the city.
With parks and balconies, bees find a large variety of flowers, giving the honey a very aromatic taste. Also, the climate in cities is usually slightly warmer than in the countryside which is positive for bees.
Fearing urban contaminants in city bees’ honey is not necessary: firstly, plants in the city are usually less treated with chemical fertilizers than plants in rural areas. Secondly, the bees themselves work like a kind of filter which automatically eliminates possible polluted residues from traffic and chimneys. A nice circular effect: thanks to the regular pollination, plants in the cities grow better and thus provide more nourishment to the bees.
Significance and situation of the bees
According to estimations, there are more than 20,000 types of bees worldwide with about 560 species in Germany.
They help keeping alive the ecological systems and nature: approximately 80 % of the domestic plants need the bees‘ pollination to live and grow. Trying to numeralize the economic value of pollination through bees results in numbers of 10 to 15 times the value of the mere honey production.
For Germany this means about EUR 2 billion per year. Unfortunately, the number of bee colonies is constantly decreasing. The most dangerous natural enemy is the Varroa destructor mite. Agricultural pesticides are an additional harm to bees; therefore, they are nowadays only allowed when they have been tested for a non-harming effect on bees. Also, structural alterations in rural regions as well as the agricultural industrialisation threaten domestic bee colonies.
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