At least 316 new build hotels are expected to open in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) in 2017, according to data produced by the TopHotelProjects for The Middle East and Africa Hotel Construction Overview report.
It’s the equivalent to 84,377 rooms with the UAE accounting for 20% of this development pipeline or 59 hotel projects.
The report, released at The Hotel Show Dubai 2016, which ran earlier this week, also revealed that Dubai alone has a total of 138 hotel projects currently in the pipeline.
Saudi Arabia accounts for 51 projects set to open in 2017 followed by Turkey with 28, Qatar with 18 and Morocco with 17 hotel projects underway.
TopHotelProjects international sales manager Caroline List said: “There are some truly exciting hotel openings forecast for the region in 2017. Those include the ME Dubai Hotel designed by the late, renowned architect Zaha Hadid [pictured]; Abraj Kudai Towers in Makkah, which will become the world’s biggest hotel with 10,000 rooms; The Address Emaar Square in Instanbul; and Melia Beach Hotel Saidia, Morocco.”
List added: “The busiest cities remain Dubai, Riyadh and Doha. At The Hotel Show we will be presenting the latest facts and figures about the hotel construction pipeline in the MEA region with a closer look at the UAE and Dubai.”