Hotel development growth in prime GCC cities 6 times global average, says ATM

Massive hotel development plans in Makkah, Doha, Riyadh, Medina, Muscat and Dubai: STR
2022-02-24
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Hotel development growth in prime GCC cities 6 times global average, says ATM

According to the report, there are almost 2.5 million hotel rooms currently under contract around the world, 3.2 pc or 80,000 rooms of that supply is taking place in Saudi Arabia alone

ATM 2022 organisers expect significant presence at live event from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the UAE.
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Despite the pandemic headwinds that the global hospitality industry has had to contend with over the past two years, new hotel development in prime tourism destinations in many parts of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, notably Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the UAE, remains substantial even by global standards.

According to new research commissioned by Arabian Travel Market (ATM), conducted at the end of 2021 by hotel market intelligence and global benchmarking company STR, Makkah and Doha are both expanding their hotel room inventory by 76 pc, followed by Riyadh, Medina and Muscat with 66 pc, 60 pc and 59 pc growth respectively.

In Dubai, rooms growth stands at 26 pc, which is still extraordinary, considering its existing base and following years of continuous hotel development – it is still more than double the global average.

“With the global average sitting at 12 pc, we are witnessing multiple GCC destinations growing at six times those rates,” says Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME-ATM that takes place from May 9 to 12, 2022.

“These figures coupled with the ongoing relaxation in travel restrictions, will undoubtedly encourage travel professionals throughout the Middle East and further afield. As such we are expecting a substantial increase in the number of participants at our live event this year, especially Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the UAE,” she added.

According to the report, there are almost 2.5 million hotel rooms currently under contract around the world, 3.2 pc or 80,000 rooms of that supply is taking place in Saudi Arabia alone.

Furthermore, although Expo 2020 in Dubai, is now entering its final month, as it closes on March 31, the mega event has been the catalyst for accelerated hotel room growth in the UAE with almost 50,000 rooms still due to open across the Emirates.

Following closely behind is Qatari capital Doha with final preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 now being put in place. Doha is on track to deliver 23,000 hotel rooms pre- and post-World Cup 2022, adding to the country’s burgeoning hotel property portfolio.

“Whilst the actual numbers may not seem particularly significant in comparison to the global hotel room pipeline, the growth above existing supply is staggering and underlines government strategy to diversify their economies away from hydrocarbon receipts and their confidence in the growth of tourism throughout the region,” says Curtis.

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