Hotels in the UAE, Qatar and Oman are witnessing a high turnout of tourists, with the beginning of the winter season characterized by its mild weather.

November 20, 2016

Dubai, Doha and some of the Sultanate’s cities have recorded high occupancy rates up to 90% with the beginning of this month. Some of them have raised the “No Vacancy” sign and the flights arriving to Dubai, Doha and Muscat are witnessing a high occupancy rate since the beginning of the tourism season.

“The months of November, December and January are witnessing a high rate in hotel bookings”, according to the tourism expert David WILSON, General Manager of Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Dubai. He stated that Dubai’s excellence in providing innovative tourism products has contributed in attracting tourists from European countries, especially Britain and Germany, pointing out that during their hotel’s accommodation, tourists will find meals from various restaurants and relaxation services at the health club as well as a view to pleasant natural landscapes.

“The UAE offers tourists leisure, shopping and hotel services which provide them a chance to relax and enjoy the Gulf atmosphere during winter,” said Patrick ANTAKY, Manager of Le Meridian Al Aqa Hotel in Fujairah. He pointed out that the hotels include trained and highly qualified hospitality staff to deal with the tourists, by providing the best service for tourists looking for leisure services, or marine leisure services and diving.

Mr. ANTAKY, Manager of Le Meridian Al Aqa Hotel in Fujairah, said that the hotels are keen to provide “Kids Club” which has become one of the main attractions of the hotel, where children spend their time in the care of professionals, providing them with games and engaging in recreational activities whereas the parents spend their time on the beaches. He also pointed out that this concept, led Le Meridian Al Aqa hotel to spend a large budget to develop the kids’ club and expand its services to receive more children, and offer them activities suitable for all different ages.

The hotel expert Mr. Antoine SAYEGH, Chairman of the Gloria Group for Hotels & Resorts in the Gulf stated that “the vacancy rates have increased since the beginning of this month, especially in the UAE with tourists arriving from Europe and Asia”. He said that vacancy rates in Gloria hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi were raised from 70% to 98% and even reached 100% on some days which led to organize waiting lists; he also indicated that the beginning of the school holiday in Saudi Arabia and the influx of Saudis to tourism in Dubai contributed to the high rise in the vacancy rates.

The Hotel expert Moutaz AL KHAYYAT stated that “the tourism sector in the Gulf countries is growing year by year and has become one of the most important sectors supporting the economy. He added that 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. 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 Doha during the coming months”. (DPA)

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