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437 new hotels in MENA construction pipeline

STR Global's October report says more than 120,000 extra rooms planned for sector.

The total number of hotel rooms in the Middle East and Africa region stood at 634,226 in October with more than 120,000 in the construction and planning pipeline, latest figures showed on Thursday.

The development pipeline, calculated by hotel industry analysts STR Global, included a total of 437 hotels comprising 120,682 rooms, with more than 74,000 rooms under construction.

The UAE reported the largest number of rooms in total active pipeline (53,789 rooms), but this figure was more than 3,000 down on the previous month.

The UAE had just over 30,000 rooms in the In Construction phase in October, the STR report added.

Saudi Arabia's hotel sector was the second most active in October with 7,406 rooms in the In Construction phase - down more than 3,000 on the previous month - and 13,469 rooms in the total active pipeline.

Two other countries reported more than 5,000 rooms in the total active pipeline last month - Morocco (6,640 rooms) and Qatar (5,408 rooms).

Among the hotel chain segments, three accounted for nearly 70 percent of the total active pipeline.

The luxury segment and the unaffiliated segment each made up 24.3 percent with 29,332 and 29,272 rooms respectively while the upscale

segment accounted for 21.2 percent with 25,642 rooms.

STR's September Construction Pipeline Report previously said 442 hotels comprising 120,589 rooms were in the development stage in the region.

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