Dubai plans to open 20,000 more hotel rooms by the end of 2016 with the focus shifting to mid-market properties, reports the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM).
In 2014 Dubai welcomed 11.6 million guests—a 5.6 per cent increase on 2013’s total. According to Issam Kazim, CEO, DCTCM, the emirate is on target to achieve 150,000 keys by 2020 as part of its plan to become the world’s most popular city destination.
Recent developments include:
- Aparthotel Adagio Premium Dubai Al Barsha: Opened in February 2015, this is the second Aparthotel Adagio Premium in the world. Providing long-stay accommodation near Mall of the Emirates, the property features 198 serviced apartments compromising 72 one-bedroom, 76 two-bedroom, 35 three-bedroom and 15 four-bedroom apartments.
- Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights: Recently opened in Healthcare City, along Dubai Creek, this five-star property has 464 rooms.
- Manzil Downtown Dubai: Emaar Hospitality Group has opened an upscale lifestyle boutique hotel, which overlooks Souk Al Bahar and is centrally-located on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Created for the “culturally attuned” and “socially networked,” it is within walking distance of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and The Dubai Mall.
- Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Apartments Al Barsha: This property is Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s first mid-scale Park Inn by Radisson-branded property in the emirate. It features 90 units, including 60 junior suites, 18 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments. Amenities include a health club with indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi treatment rooms and steam baths.
- Pullman Hotels and Resorts: Accor’s upmarket hotel brand, Pullman, has opened its second property in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai. It features 10 one-bedroom, six two-bedroom and two three-bedroom suites; 162 superior rooms; 39 deluxe rooms; 69 executive and deluxe executive rooms; and eight rooms for differently-abled guests.
Upcoming developments include:
- Anantara Dubai Creek Hotel: 290 rooms, ballroom and conference facilities. Scheduled opening date: early 2018.
- Hilton Garden Inn Al Ahsa: Owned by Al Jazeera Group; 166 guest rooms, two f&b outlets, four meeting rooms and business and fitness centers. Scheduled to open in 2016.
- Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Jadaf: Owned by AIG Investments; 336 guest rooms, two f&b outlets, flexible meeting space, and business and fitness centres. Scheduled to open in 2017.
- Innside: Melia Hotels International’s plans for 100 more hotels worldwide include the opening of a hotel under its Innside brand in Dubai.
- Park Inn by Radisson: Carlson Rezidor has signed a new property in Dubai—the 147-key Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City. This mid-market property is scheduled to open in Q1 2017.
- R Hotels: R Hotels has confirmed that it has securing financing from the Commercial Bank of Dubai to develop a new, sharia-compliant hotel on Palm Jumeirah. The as-yet unnamed property will be a four-star resort and spa with 259 rooms. Completion date: 4Q 2016.
- Rove Hotels: This mid-market lifestyle hotel brand will roll out in 10 properties across central locations in Dubai and the region by 2020.
- Starwood Hotels and Resorts: Starwood is bringing the Aloft and Element brands to Dubai for the first time, with two new hotels in development. The addition of Aloft Dubai Raffa and Element Dubai Raffa are scheduled for completion in 2018.
- VENU: The new contemporary lifestyle brand of Jumeirah Group will now operate the Venu Bluewaters Island hotel together with adjoining serviced residences. The VENU properties are expected to open in 2017 and will offer close to 300 hotel rooms and 119 serviced apartments.
- YOTEL: IFA Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Dubai Investment Properties to operate the first Yotel-branded hotel in Dubai. When complete the 42-storey property will feature 438 “cabins,” furnished with the brand’s signature “Techno Walls” and “Smart Beds,” as well as Yotel’s exclusive Club Lounge, a multi-function co-working and recreational space.