Recent studies show that the UAE spa market is booming with revenues of US$ 411 million forecast for 2015, while the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) reports that UAE is leading in spa tourism in the Middle East and North Africa with visitor numbers set to double by 2017.
GWI identifies that the MENA region is the second fastest-growing market in the world for spas behind Sub-Saharan Africa with ‘growth powerhouse’. UAE is set to add just under one million trips from 2012-17.
Susie Ellis, chairman and CEO of GWI said: “The Global Wellness Institute estimates that the top spa growth powerhouse, more than doubling wellness-focused trips from 2012-2017, will be the UAE, with 993,352 trips added and 17.9% annual growth.”
Other growth markets include Morocco, set to add 825,703 visits and with 14.7% annual growth, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria, also set to see double-digit annual wellness tourism growth to 2017. GWI attribute the luxury day spa, hotel spa and spa resort “explosion” in GCC countries as a major factor behind the region’s spa market boom.