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UAE to have over 100 new hotels in next two years

Abdul Basit/Dubai
Filed on July 26, 2016
UAE to have over 100 new hotels in next two years
Dubai and Abu Dhabi continue to lead in hotel construction across the UAE.

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183 hotel projects with 54,000 hotel rooms are in the pipeline

The UAE will witness opening of more than 100 hotels in the next two years while 183 hotel projects with 54,000 hotel rooms in the country are in the pipeline, according to a new report.

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).

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).

"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," said Thomas van Vliet, CEO of Paramount Hotels & Resorts.

The hotel, part of a mixed use complex also housing 1,197 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 1,383 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. As a leading lifestyle hotel, it is fitting that W Dubai opens within a unique and first of its kind urban resort like Al Habtoor City - Starwood's largest hospitality project in the Middle East."

Katusak-Huzsvar added: "As a city, Dubai represents everything that W Hotels are passionate about - Fashion, Music, Design, and Fuel. 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."

-abdulbasit@khaleejtimes.com

 


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