More than 300 new hotels housing almost 85,000 guest rooms are set to open across the Middle East and Africa next year, latest industry figures have revealed.

The UAE accounts for almost 20% of those developments, with 59 projects already underway, set to open in 2017. Saudi Arabia is close behind with 51 builds in the pipeline, while Turkey (28), Qatar (18), and Morocco (17) are also set for a busy 12 months.

The Middle East and Africa Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS was presented in detail at the 17th annual The Hotel Show Dubai (17-19 September 2016).

Caroline List, International Sales Manager at TOPHOTELPROJECTS, said: “There are some truly exciting hotel openings forecast for the region in 2017. Those include the ME Dubai Hotel designed by the late, renowned architect Zaha Hadid; Abraj Kudai Towers in Makkah, which will become the world’s biggest hotel with 10,000 rooms; The Address EMAAR Square in Instanbul; and Melia Beach Hotel Saidia, Morocco.”

List was part of the ‘Update on market and consumer patterns and trends – get the inside track’ panel discussion at The Hotel Show Dubai’s 2016 Vision Conference on its 2nd day (18 September 2016). She added: “The busiest cities remain Dubai, Riyadh and Doha.”

With 138 hotel projects currently underway across Dubai, the city’s hospitality development buzz heightened during the three day The Hotel Show – and co-located The Leisure Show and Piscine Middle East – at the Dubai World Trade Centre (17-19 September 2016).

Complementing The Hotel Show – while highlighting the importance of hotel design in Dubai and its growing focus on sustainability – two additional exhibitions, the Windows, Doors & Façade Event (18-20 September 2016) and Intersolar Middle East (19-21 September 2016), also took place at the venue.

Find out more at: www.thehotelshow.com

Written by talkabouthospitalitycom

Senior PR Manager, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa hospitality portfolio

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