With the new Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Dubai celebrates 100,000th hotel room milestone

Posted: 05-Nov-16 10:37

Dubai is celebrating a new milestone as the emirate reaches 100,000 hotel rooms, following the recent soft opening of The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. The occasion was marked by Dubai tourism officials and the CEO of the Al Habtoor Group. The recent MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index report has ranked Dubai as the fourth most visited city in the world and the number one city for international overnight visitor spend.

With the new Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Dubai celebrates 100,000th hotel room milestone

Dubai has reached its 100,000th hotel room milestone, following the recent opening of the Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. Tourism investment over the past few decades has led it to become one of the world’s leading tourist and business destinations, and there are now thousands of luxury hotels, business apartments and mid-market properties available to visitors.

The milestone was celebrated by the emirate’s key tourism industry leaders including Mohammed Khalaf Al Habtoor, the vice chairman and CEO of Al Habtoor Group, and Helal Saeed Almarri, the Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). The leaders came together at the soft opening of the Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, which is the second Westin-branded hotel to open in Dubai.

Helal Saeed Almarri from Dubai Tourism, stated:

“For the hotel sector, high demand from international travellers, and the consequent growth in tourism volumes, has been the cornerstone of fostering continued investment in supply enhancement, which has seen us cross this historic 100,000 rooms threshold.”

He also explained:

“This has been a journey undertaken collaboratively and achieved through the enduring strength of our public and private partnerships that underscore Dubai’s maturing prominence on the world stage.”

The recent MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index report also ranked Dubai in fourth place in the list of the world’s most visited cities. Dubai was named as the number one city for international overnight visitor spend.

By the end of 2018, Dubai Tourism expects to record 35.9 million occupied room nights at the city’s hotels and hotel apartments. This is an annual growth rate increase of 10.8 per cent for the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. The supply of rooms in the city is expected to reach 134,000 rooms by the end of 2018. Occupancy rates in the hotels are expected to sit around 77 per cent during this period.

The tourism body is expecting the length of stay for the average traveller visiting Dubai to be four days by the end of 2018. The increase is said to be helped by an increase in overnight international visitors, and increased air capacity from Dubai’s national airlines, Emirates Airline and flyDubai.

Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City is the third-largest hotel in Dubai and the largest Westin-branded hotel outside of Europe, with 1,004 guest rooms and suites. The 41-storey building is located in the new mixed-use Al Habtoor City complex on the popular Sheikh Zayed Road.

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