316 hotels and 84,377 rooms forecast to open in the Middle East and Africa in 2017
More than 300 new hotels housing almost 85,000 guest rooms are set to open across the Middle East and Africa next year, latest industry figures have revealed.
The Middle East and Africa Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS – released in the days leading up to the 17th annual The Hotel Show Dubai (17-19 September 2016) – showed that the region will welcome 316 new builds in 2017, between them opening the doors on 84,337 new rooms for tourists and holidaymakers.
The UAE accounts for almost 20 per cent of those developments, with 59 projects already underway, set to open in 2017. Saudi Arabia is close behind with 51 builds in the pipeline, while Turkey (28), Qatar (18), and Morocco (17) are also set for a busy 12 months.
Caroline List, International Sales Manager at TOPHOTELPROJECTS, 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; 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.”