Dubai leading UAE hospitality sector growth

Hotels in Dubai recorded the biggest increase in average daily rate in the Middle East/Africa region in November, proving the emirate’s position as the fastest growing hospitality hub of the region, according to an article in Gulf News.

Dubai’s ADR growth of 9.9 percent to $290.68 far outpaced the regional average growth rate. Dubai also boasts the region’s highest revenue per available room at $254.18. The Mena region reported mixed performance results during November 2013, according to data compiled by STR Global.

The region reported a 1.7-percent decrease in occupancy to 64.6 percent, a 6.8-percent increase in average daily rate to $180.88 and a 4.9-percent increase in RevPAR to $116.78.

“In the Middle East and Africa region, demand is outpacing supply on a rolling 12-month basis, achieving 3.7-percent and 2.7-percent growth, respectively. RevPAR has been driven by rate, with a 3.4-percent growth in US dollar terms. The region’s performance is mostly driven by Middle Eastern markets of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Manama and Muscat, which all posted double-digit RevPAR growth year-to-date November 2013 in local currency terms,” said Elizabeth Winkle, STR Global’s managing director.

Qatar recorded the largest ADR drop at 18 percent to $181.23 as five markets achieved RevPAR increases of more than 10 percent. These include Amman (+19.3 per cent to $105.97); Beirut (+19.2 per cent to $64.36); Manama, Bahrain (+15.2 per cent to $100.67); Dubai (+12.7 per cent to $254.18); and Abu Dhabi (+10.4 per cent to $171.7).