Abu Dhabi posts 20% increase in hotel stays, with 5,000 hotel rooms in pipeline

Middle East
Abu Dhabi posts 20% increase in hotel stays, with 5,000 hotel rooms in pipeline

MIDDLE EAST – Abu Dhabi is experiencing a new hotel boom, both in terms of occupation and rooms coming on line.
A new report published by JLL for The Hotel Show Dubai 2015 reveals 5,200 rooms are in the Abu Dhabi pipeline for 2017,with 2,300 rooms set to enter the market by the end of 2015.
The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA), meanwhile, is reporting a 20% increase in hotel guests in the first quarter of 2015 compared to Q1 figures from 2014.
Openings in the final months of 2015 include the luxury Bab Al Qasr Hotel near Presidential Palace, set to boast 677 rooms and a private beach.
Chiheb Ben Mahmoud, executive vice-president, head of Hotels & Hospitality Group Middle East & Africa at JLL, said: “More than 70% of hotel room supply in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is in the four- and five-star category. The proportion is higher for Abu Dhabi than for Dubai.
“This positioning structure is in line with the historical phase of destination building, driven by international and local corporate demand as well as corporate related leisure and incentive tourism, more than domestic and regional business.”
Ben Mahmoud also sees a trend in Dubai towards further developing of the branded quality mid-scale segment (three-star) offering, although there are further planned openings ofluxury brands such as St Regis, Mandarin Oriental and Bulgari.”
Christine Davidson, group event director of the dmg events hospitality portfolio, which includes The Hotel Show Dubai, believes 2015 is an exciting year for the hospitality industry in the Middle East with massive development across all of the emirates and wider regions totaling 453 hotel projects and 134,217 rooms. “The UAE currently leads hotel construction with Abu Dhabi and Dubai featuring as strong markets, and Saudi Arabia and Turkey following closely behind,” says Davidson.
Attractions launching in Abu Dhabi in coming years include the new Louvre and Guggenheim museums and Warner Bros theme park on Yas Island.

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