By Devina Divecha
Middle East reported 83,653 rooms in 261 hotels, a 14.4% increase in year-over-year comparisons
The UAE has reported nearly 30,000 rooms under construction across nearly 100 hotels, according to STR's Middle East and Africa hotel pipeline for August 2016 report.
STR’s August 2016 Pipeline Report shows 156,460 rooms in 554 projects under contract in the Middle East, with 56,846 rooms in 300 projects under contract in Africa.
Specifically in the 'in construction' phase, the Middle East reported 83,653 rooms in 261 hotels, a 14.4% increase in year-over-year comparisons, while Africa reported 29,928 rooms in 157 hotels, a 22.6% increase in year-over-year comparisons.
Among the countries in the Middle East and Africa, Saudi Arabia reported the most rooms in construction with 35,611 rooms in 79 hotels. UAE followed with 28,082 rooms in 97 hotels.
Four other countries each reported more than 3,000 rooms in construction: Qatar (7,980 rooms in 34 hotels), Egypt (6,128 rooms in 18 hotels), Jordan (3,161 rooms in 10 hotels) and Angola (3,157 rooms in 26 hotels).