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28,000 new hotel rooms for Dubai by 2018

DUBAI, June 1, 2015

UAE emirate Dubai is set to see a massive increase of 28,000 new hotel rooms by 2018, said a report.

Touted as one of the top holiday destinations, the UAE emirate is gearing up for the Dubai World Expo with the Government’s Tourism Vision forecasting 20 million visitors a year by the time of the event in 2020, said a report by JLL, a leading real estate investment and advisory firm.

“With mega-events Dubai World Expo 2020 and 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar and a host of major-developments including Al Habtoor City, Bluewaters Island, and Dubailand launching in coming years, we hoteliers are preparing for the significant increase in tourists,” said Wajeed Bagwan, general manager of the newly launched SUBA Hotel in Dubai.

“With over 3,000 new keys entering the Dubai market in 2015 alone, SUBA Hotels intend to have an edge over competition with an increased offering and a focus on our unique selling point as Dubai’s first four-star boutique Smart hotel with advanced technology facilities. We launched in Dubai in 2014 and are planning to open three new SUBA Hotels in the Middle East and Africa by 2017.”

Furthermore, leading hotel group Starwood Hotels and Resorts is planning to double its portfolio in the Middle East in the next five years including the launch of its first world-popular W Hotel and St Regis brands in Dubai by the end of 2015. Alongside a new Westin, the three hotels will be located in the new Al Habtoor City complex, the report said.

Dubai-based global luxury hotel company Jumeirah Group has two properties scheduled to open in Dubai by 2017 including the Jumeirah Al Naseem at Madinat Jumeirah and the first hotel under its lifestyle brand, Venu, opening off the coast of Dubai at the new Bluewaters Island.

The Venu Bluewaters Island Hotel will offer close to 300 rooms surrounded by the retail, residential and hospitality zones of the mixed-use Island with the world’s largest Ferris wheel, the Dubai-I, at its heart.

Moreover, various existing hotels are going through major redevelopments and refurbishments as well as converting to Green Hotels to remain competitive. – TradeArabia News Service

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