Experts in the tourism and hotels sector stated that hotels in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman are experiencing a high turnout of tourists, with the beginning of the winter season, characterized by its mild weather.
The experts stated to the Deutsch Press Agency (DPA) that Hotels in Doha and some cities in the Sultanate of Oman and the UAE have recorded high occupancy rates up to 90% since the beginning of this month and some of them have raised the “No vacancy” sign.
The flights arriving to Hamad Airport are witnessing a high occupancy rate with the beginning of the tourism season.
“Occupancy rates have increased since the beginning of this month, especially in the UAE, with tourists arriving from Europe and Asia,” said the hotel expert Antoine SAYEGH, Chairman of Gloria Hotels & Resorts Group in the Gulf.
He mentioned that occupancy rates in Gloria hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi rose from 70% to 98% and reached 100% on some days and they had to organize waiting lists. “The start of the school holiday in Saudi Arabia and the influx of Saudis to tourism in Dubai contributed to the high raise in occupancy rates».
“The tourism sector in the Gulf countries is witnessing significant growth, year after year, and has become one of the most important sectors supporting the economy,” said the hotel expert Moutaz Al Khayyat.
“The great integration between governments and the private sector has led to the significant development of this sector, and thanks to this integration, the desert is a top destination for tourists when they think of visiting the Gulf, with the availability of services that facilitate tourism and safari in the desert areas”.
Mr. AL Moutaz Al Khayyat pointed out that the Gulf cities are competing to introduce new tourism products in order to increase their share of the tourism movement which is being registered in this sector, as well as the contribution of the real estate, commercial and industrial movement in marketing the countries in the region regarding the level of tourism.
“The sector is expected to maintain high growth rates next year, especially with the increasing number of tourism projects underway and the number of hotel rooms to be delivered in Dubai and Doha over the coming months,” he added.
Mr. Moutaz Al Khayyat said “there is a great need to increase the number of hotel rooms to accommodate the expected numbers of tourists in the UAE and Qatar”.
As for tourism expert David Wilson, general manager of the Waldorf Astoria Dubai, he said: “The months of November, December and January are seeing a huge increase in hotel room bookings. He added that the merit of Dubai is to offer original tourist products, which has helped attract tourists from European countries, especially from Great Britain and Germany. He pointed out that the tourist can enjoy during his stay at the hotel various cuisine experiences at the restaurants, relaxation services at the spa, as well as cruises by boat, and a view of remarkable landscapes. On the other hand, tourism expert Patrick Antaky said that the Emirates offer the tourist all he needs in terms of leisure activities, shopping and hotel services, which make his vacation an opportunity to relax and enjoy the ambiance of the Gulf countries in winter. In addition, he indicated that the hotels employ trained and highly qualified hospitality teams to properly deal with tourists, ready to provide the best services to those who wish to enjoy relaxation or seashore and diving activities.
Mr. Antaky, who is also the manager of the ‘Meridien Al-Aqa’ hotel in Fujairah, noted that the hotels provide the “Children’s Club” service which has become one of the key attractions to reside in the “Meridien”, and where children spend their time entrusted to the care of specialists who offer them toys and games and practice with them various recreational activities while parents enjoy the beach. He added that this concept has motivated ‘Méridien Al-Aqa’ to spend a big budget in order to develop the ‘Children’s Club’ and increase its services to accommodate a larger number of children and offer them activities suitable for different age groups.
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