Dubai hotels 2011: Dubai hotel visitors up this year


By Rebecca Bundhun

The number of hotel guests staying in Dubai increased by 11 per cent in the first three quarters of the year and revenuewas up 19 per cent, new figures showed yesterday.

Armani Hotel Dubai
Armani Hotel Dubai

The sector has experienced a dramatic lift, due in part to political instability in other parts of the region.

Dubai’s hotels received 6.6 million guests in the first nine months of the year, up from more than 5.9 million between January and September last year, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said.

“With what’s happening in the Middle East, I think it’s a safe place to come,” said Peter Mansourian, the general manager of the Grand Millennium hotel in Dubai. “Nobody wants to go to Bahrain these days, so the Saudis are coming here.”

Total revenue of the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments increased by 19 per cent to Dh10.96 billion (US$2.98bn), according to the data. Dubai has also benefited from its affordability compared with the peak of the boom in 2007 and 2008.

The construction of new hotels has vastly increased the number of rooms.

“You’ve got a larger choice compared to some years ago,” said Mr Mansourian. “You can stay from Dh150 up to more than Dh1,000 a night.

“Tourists are coming to see the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, they’re coming for the shopping. Dubai is a stopover. Next Sunday is the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. There’s a lot of things happening in the Emirates.”

Hoteliers say tourist numbers from the GCC and China in particular have grown this year. More info