UAE has 54,000 hotel rooms in the pipeline

There are 183 hotel projects in the pipeline across the UAE, according to a new report

The W Dubai at the Al Habtoor City opened this June in Dubai.
The W Dubai at the Al Habtoor City opened this June in Dubai.

There are 183 hotel projects and 54,000 hotel rooms in the pipeline, across the UAE, according to a new report.

The hotel construction report by Tophotelprojects prepared 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).

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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 1,197 serviced residences, and 823 guest rooms and suites will offer a Hollywood vibe with some of the rooms themed after Paramount Pictures movies. We have three more projects underway in Dubai, with a total of 1,383 keys,” he added.

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 six projects (959 rooms) and Ras Al-Khaimah with five projects (1,847 rooms).

There will be in-depth discussions across various sectors in hospitality at the Vision Conference 2016, part of the 17th edition of The Hotel Show Dubai.

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