Dubai has the biggest hotel room construction pipeline in the Middle East and Africa, according to new figures released by analysts STR.
Its October 2017 Pipeline Report showed that the emirate currently has 29,226 hotel rooms in 95 projects in various stages of planning.
That’s nearly 5,500 more rooms than the Saudi holy city of Makkah, STR said.
Other prominent Gulf cities with major hospitality projects include
- Doha (8,878 rooms in 38 projects),
- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (6,349 rooms in 29 projects)
- Abu Dhabi (4,124 rooms in 12 projects).
The report showed a total of 166,774 rooms in 580 hotel projects under contract in the Middle East.
Under contract data includes projects in the in construction, final planning and planning stages but does not include projects in the unconfirmed stage.
The under contract total in the Middle East in October represents a 5.1 percent increase in rooms compared to October 2016.
Specifically in the in construction phase, the Middle East reported 99,790 rooms in 314 projects, up 18.1 percent on a year-over-year basis.