Hike in fares

Is there a reason why hotels across Dubai increase their room rates arbitrarily, sometimes by as much as 5 to 6 times during the months of November to April.

By Amitabh Saxena, Dubai

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Published: Thu 28 Feb 2013, 8:52 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:47 AM

A room in a 3-star hotel in Dubai, which is normally available on line at AED 600, hikes it tariff to AED 3,000 during these months.

A decent budget hotel in Bur Dubai, which advertises its rooms via Neon signboards for AED 195 plus taxes, hikes its tariff to AED 450 plus taxes.

In addition some hotels also levy something called as exhibition/expo surcharge of AED 150 to 200 over and above the room tariff, if there is an ongoing big ticket exhibition like Gulf Food, Gitex, CityScape running during that time.

As Dubai is one of the most desired tourist destination in the world, with people from across the globe swarming here, a 30 to 40 per cent price difference between peak tourist months and off peak months is somewhat understandable. However, hiking the rates by 100 to 200 per cent or more is totally unjustified.

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