Dubai is set to hit the 100,000 hotel rooms milestone next month as the city aims to cement itself as a top 10 global destination in terms of available supply.
Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) said in a statement that it expects occupied room nights in hotels and hotel apartments to reach 36.9 million, representing an 11-12 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2018.
It added that the overall room supply in Dubai is expected to reach 138,000 rooms by the end of 2018.
With demand increasing, overall projected occupancy rates until 2018 are expected to be around 77 percent despite growth in capacity, ensuring the emirate remains competitive, Dubai Tourism said.
In the first quarter of 2016, Dubai's hotels saw some of the highest global rates in occupancy, RevPar and average daily rates at 85 percent, $142 and $166 respectively.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has set a target to welcome 4.9 million guests into the emirate for 2017, which is a year-on-year rise of 10 per cent. The UAE capital has already welcomed impressive guest arrival figures during the first quarter of this year. During the January to March period there was an increase of 4 per cent in hotel guest arrivals over the corresponding period in 2016, with 1,164,313 guest arrivals registered, and 3,119,127 guest nights recorded in the same period.
Gold Medal, a leading UK travel company, has heralded Abu Dhabi as one of its most popular destinations for this summer following a surge in demand from British holidaymakers visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As a travel consolidator, offering a variety of online travel services and products including airfares, hotel reservations and car rental to travel agents, Gold Medal, has reported a remarkable 294 per cent rise on the previous year in forward 2017 summer holiday bookings from the UK to the UAE capital.
Abu Dhabi has been named the fastest-growing “destination city of tomorrow” in the region by a global index.
Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index showed that the UAE capital had experienced tourism growth of 18.9 per cent between 2009 and last year and it was the fourth fastest growing city globally, behind Osaka, Changdu and Colombo.
Overall, Dubai was ranked fourth on the index, which is based on the number of international overnight visitors, with 14.87 million visitors, behind Bangkok (19.41m), London (19.06m) and Paris (15.45m). Growth in Dubai was forecast to be 7.7 per cent this year.
Abu Dhabi hotel guests surge 13 per cent
“Being recognised as the fastest-growing destination city in the region is an incredible achievement. With the recently announced launch of the much-anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi and cultural exhibitions such as Hajj: Memories of a Journey, the capital’s reputation as a destination of distinction continues to grow, building on the unique experiences and cultural heritage offered,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general, of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism.
“Last year was a record-breaking year for the emirate of Abu Dhabi, welcoming 4.4 million visitors. Our year-on-year growth rate has been strong and, by the end of 2017, we are looking to reach our target of over 4.9 million visitors to the emirate.”