Dubai has surpassed a milestone of 100,000 hotels rooms, the emirate’s tourism body has announced.
The figure was reached following the opening of the Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City in August, according to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)
DTCM had previously predicted the emirate would reach 100,000 hotel rooms in May.
“For the hotel sector, high demand from international travellers, and the consequent growth in tourism volumes, has been the cornerstone of fostering continued investment in supply enhancement, which has seen us cross this historic 100,000 rooms threshold. This has been a journey undertaken collaboratively and achieved through the enduring strength of our public and private partnerships that underscore Dubai’s maturing prominence on the world stage,” said HE Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of DTCM.
DTCM said it expected room nights in the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments to reached 35.9 million by the end of 2018, representing a compound annual growth rate of 10.8 per cent from the end of 2015.
The emirate is expected to have 134,000 hotel rooms by the end of 2018 with occupancy of 77 per cent forecast, it said.
DTCM also predicted an increase in international overnight visitors through local carriers Emirates and flydubai and an increase in the average length of guest stay to four days.