STR's international pipeline data shows that the UAE is set to open 31,517 hotel rooms during 2019
The UAE is forecast to open more new hotel rooms this year than any other country outside China, according to new data.
STR's international pipeline data shows that the UAE is set to open 31,517 hotel rooms during 2019, nearly 40 percent of the total forecast to open in the Middle East and Africa region.
Only China with 82,559 rooms has a bigger pipeline of hotel accommodation planned this year, STR said.
In the MEA region, STR said Saudi Arabia has the second largest pipeline with 24,170 rooms while Oman plans to open nearly 3,000 rooms this year.
The UAE is seeking to add more hotel supply as tourism figures continue to increase. Visitors to Dubai totalled 11.58 million in the first nine months of 2018, according to figures by the emirate's Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).
India retained its position as Dubai’s leading source market, followed by Saudi Arabia and the UK. Russia, China and Germany followed suit, each recording double-digit growth compared to the same period in 2017.
Globally, STR said Asia Pacific is planning the biggest expansion of hotel rooms with a total of 188,240, followed by Europe with 94,288, the Middle East and Africa (80,267) and the Americas, exclusing the US, with 36,568.