As a major tourism hub, Dubai is keeping up with the demand of it visitors and expanding its already vast portfolio of hotels.
A hotel construction report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS revealed that by 2020 the UAE will launch 183 hotels and host 54,000 hotel rooms. Whether Dubai is actually expecting that many visitors for the Dubai Expo 2020 is uncertain, but one thing is for sure it will certainly be ready for them if they do come.
No surprise that Dubai and Abu Dhabi will lead the way in terms of hotel construction in the UAE with a combined 155 hotel projects and 47,619 rooms in the pipeline. Sharjah has six projects (959 rooms) and Ras Al-Khaimah have five projects (1,847 rooms) in the pipeline.
According to the report 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).
Only recently Dubai has seen a slew of hotels open, particularly in the emerging Al Habtoor City area with the opening of W Dubai, Westin Habtoor and Rove Hotel.
W Dubai was the first W Hotels & Resorts to open in the UAE, proving that the tourism industry isn’t dwindling in the region.
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.
“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.”
Ahead of the opening of the region’s first Paramount Hotels & Resorts, CEO Thomas van Vliet, said: “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.”
While more hotels might mean more construction (huge sigh!) it will also mean more jobs coming into the region (huge hooray!)… and more options for us for staycations and hangouts!