By Penelope Walsh
Report says the UAE will account for 20% of this development, with Saudi Arabia close behind
316 new build hotels are expected to open in the Middle East and Africa in 2017, equivalent to 84,377 rooms.
This is according to data produced by the TopHotelProjects for The Middle East and Africa Hotel Construction Overview report, which is expected to be released ahead of The Hotel Show Dubai 2016, which starts on Saturday September 17.
According to the report, the UAE accounts for 20% of this development, with a total of 59 hotel projects in the pipeline and expected to open in 2017. Dubai alone has a total of 138 hotel projects currently in the pipeline.
From the 2017 pipeline figures, Saudi Arabia accounts for 51 projects, Turkey accounts for 28, Qatar accounts for 18 and Morocco have 17 hotel projects underway.
Commenting on the data, TopHotelProjects international sales manager Caroline List 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 [pictured]; 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 added: “The busiest cities remain Dubai, Riyadh and Doha. At The Hotel Show we will be presenting the latest facts and figures about the hotel construction pipeline in the MEA region with a closer look at the UAE and Dubai.”