UAE: 54,000 new hotel rooms under construction
There are 183 hotel projects and 54,000 hotels in the UAE pipeline, according to a new report.
The hotel construction report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS revealed that the majority of the new hotels are expected to open before 2020.
The busiest years for hotel opening are predicted to be 2017 and 2018 with 56 and 58 project openings respectively.
Over the course of the next two years, the UAE will see the opening of Paramount Hotel Dubai (2017), Hard Rock Abu Dhabi (2017), Citymax Hotel Ras Al Khaimah (2017) and Marriott Dubai Jumeirah (2018).
Commenting on the upcoming opening, Thomas van Vliet, CEO, Paramount Hotels & Resorts, said: "Paramount Hotel Dubai, expected to open by the end of 2017, will be the first ever Paramount Hotels & Resorts property as well as the operator's UAE flagship hotel.
"The hotel, part of a mixed-use complex also housing 1197 serviced residences, offers a luxurious experience with a Californian edge and Hollywood vibe, housing 823 guest rooms and suites, some of which are theme after Paramount Pictures movies.
"We have three more projects underway in Dubai, with a total of 1383 keys."
W Hotels & Resorts opened its first hotel in the UAE just last month.
Peter Katusak-Huzsvar, general manager, W Dubai - Al Habtoor City, said: "It has been a long time coming, but the first W Hotel in the UAE has opened its doors.
"As a leading lifestyle hotel, it is fitting that W Dubai opens within a unique and first of its kind urban resort like Al Habtoor City - Starwood's largest hospitality project in the Middle East.
"Following the launch of W Dubai - Al Habtoor City, the brand is set to rapidly grow its portfolio in the Middle East with four new openings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE; Amman, Jordan and Muscat, Oman."
Dubai and Abu Dhabi continue to lead in hotel construction across the UAE with a combined 155 hotel projects and 47,619 rooms in the pipeline.