UAE-based operator Rotana has announced plans to open seven new hotels in Dubai, four hotels in the capital Abu Dhabi and one in Ras Al Khaimah by the end of 2020.
Six of the upcoming properties will be five-star hotels, with the remaining properties comprising of a mix of four and three star hotels and hotel apartments.
On completion, the new hotels will add 4,360 keys to Rotana’s existing inventory, taking its portfolio in the UAE to 44 properties, including 21 in Dubai and 17 in Abu Dhabi, hiking Rotana's total room inventory of 11,782 (6,682 in Dubai alone and 5,100 in Abu Dhabi), the company said.
The total value of the 12 upcoming properties managed by Rotana in the UAE is estimated at $1.7 billion.
“The UAE is our home market and even as we pursue our global ambitions and expand our footprint into new geographic regions, the country continues to remain the fulcrum around which Rotana’s business strategy is developed and implemented,” said Omer Kaddouri, president & CEO of Rotana.
“With us bringing to the local market 12 new properties within the next four years, we further express our commitment to supporting the UAE’s tourism ambitions and reaffirming our belief in the long-term prospects of the country’s hospitality industry.
“Next year, we will be introducing a number of five-star properties to the market, including the all-new Saadiyat Rotana Resort and villas in Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in Q4 2017. Ideal for both, business and leisure travellers, the resort will feature 354 upscale rooms and suites, 13 beach villas, a beach club and extensive conference facilities.”
“Rotana already has a significant presence in the capital, and strengthening our portfolio with an additional four properties will allow us to further contribute to and capitalise on Abu Dhabi’s expanding tourism and hospitality sector.
“While in Dubai, our seven upcoming properties will go a long way towards meeting the demand increase anticipated in the run-up to Expo 2020, and will help ramp up overall room capacity which is crucial to achieving the city’s ambitious tourism vision,” concluded Kaddouri.
Despite the challenging economic environment, the outlook for the hospitality sector in Dubai and Abu Dhabi remains positive. In previous UAE Real Estate 2016 mid-year market reviews, global consultancy firms listed the mid- to long-term outlook for the hospitality sector in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as 'positive', citing the opening of theme parks and new tourist attractions among the main factors driving demand.
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