There are 183 hotel projects and 54,000 hotel rooms in the UAE pipeline, according to a new report.
The hotel construction report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS prepared exclusively for The Hotel Show Dubai 2016 reveals that the majority of the new hotels are expected to open before 2020.
The busiest years are forecast to be 2017 (56 project openings) and 2018 (58 project openings). Hotels opening in this time include: Paramount Hotel Dubai (2017); Hard Rock Hotel Abu Dhabi (2017); Citymax Hotel Ras Al Khaimah (2017); and Marriott Dubai Jumeirah (2018).
Thomas van Vliet, CEO of Paramount Hotels & Resorts commented: “Paramount Hotel Dubai, expected to open by the end of 2017, will be the first ever Paramount Hotels & Resorts property as well as the operator’s UAE flagship hotel. The hotel, part of a mixed use complex also housing 1197 serviced residences, offers a luxurious experience with a Californian edge and Hollywood vibe, housing 823 guest rooms and suites, some of which are themed after Paramount Pictures movies. We have three more projects underway in Dubai, with a total of 1383 keys.”
W Hotels & Resorts opened its first hotel in the UAE in June of this year. Peter Katusak-Huzsvar, general manager of W Dubai – Al Habtoor City, said: “It has been a long-time coming, but the first W Hotel in the UAE has opened its doors… following the launch of W Dubai – Al Habtoor City, the brand is set to rapidly grow its portfolio in the Middle East with four new openings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE; Amman, Jordan; and Muscat, Oman.”
Dubai and Abu Dhabi continue to lead in hotel construction across the UAE with a combined 155 hotel projects and 47,619 rooms in the pipeline. Other Emirates with hotel construction underway include: Sharjah with 6 projects (959 rooms) and Ras Al-Khaimah with 5 projects (1,847 rooms).