Dubai's total room inventory increases 6% over a year

At the end of the third quarter of 2017, Dubai's hotel sector saw a 6% increase in capacity over a 12-month period versus the end of September 2016

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At the end of the third quarter of 2017, Dubai's hotel sector saw a 6% increase in capacity over a 12-month period versus the end of September 2016.

Data from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has revealed that the city’s total number of hotel and hotel apartment keys stand at 106,167 at the end of the third quarter of 2017, spread across 678 establishments.

Luxury five-star hotels made up 33% of the emirate’s total inventory, with four-star hotels commanding a 23% share and properties in the one- to three-star categories a share of 21%.

Hotel apartment establishments made up 23% of total inventory, split into deluxe/superior and standard categories, with 9% and 14% shares respectively.

Average occupancy for the hotel sector as whole stood at 76%, remaining unchanged from the end of Q3 2016.

Occupied room nights were up year on year, totalling 21.27 million compared to 20.45 million at the end of September 2016, while guests’ average length of stay decreased slightly from 3.6 to 3.5 nights, in part due to an increase in stopover travellers.

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