Qatar’s Hotels Recorded Full Occupancy.

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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. “The tourism sector in the Gulf countries is growing 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 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”.

Mr. AL KHAYYAT pointed out that there is a great need to increase the number of hotel rooms to accommodate the expected numbers of tourists in Qatar. On the other hand, 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. David WISLON, Managing Director of Waldorf Astoria in Dubai, said: “the months of November, December and January are witnessing a significant increase in hotel bookings”. According to the tourism expert Patrick ANTAKY “the UAE offers tourists leisure, shopping, and hotel services which provides a great opportunity to relax and enjoy the Gulf atmosphere in winter”.

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.

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