There are 541 new hotels in the pipeline across the Middle East – bringing an additional 158,950 hotel rooms to the region, an industry report has revealed.
The Middle East Hotel Construction Overview report prepared by TopHotelProjects for The Hotel Show Dubai 2016 forecasts that the majority of new hotel rooms will open before 2020. The UAE (180 projects) and Saudi Arabia (134 projects) remain the most active hotel construction hotspots in the region.
The busiest year for hotel openings leading up to 2020 is forecast to be 2017 with 189 projects and 58,527 rooms. Notable hotel openings scheduled for 2017 include: the world’s largest hotel in Makkah, Saudi Arabia with 10,000 rooms, and the world’s first Paramount Hotels & Resorts property; the Paramount Hotel in Dubai.
Gary Williams, event director of The Hotel Show Dubai, taking place 17-19 September 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), said: “This year is the 17th edition of The Hotel Show, the largest hospitality supply event in the region. We are providing the ultimate selection of sourcing, networking and educational forums for professionals interested in hotel construction in the Middle East.”