According to the recent Middle East Construction Pipeline from Lodging Econometrics, the region's total pipeline has 518 hotels with 138,977 rooms in various stages of development, up 13 percent by hotels year-over-year.
There are 318 hotels with 86,871 rooms under construction, up 22 percent by hotels year-over-year. Hotels scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months are at 117 hotels with 29,152 rooms, up 41 percent, while hotels in the early planning stage are at 83 hotels with 22,954 rooms, a decrease of 27 percent.
This could be attributed to the large number of signings in recent years, and the push to open new hotels in Dubai before 2020. With those projects picking up speed, the number of hotels still in the early planning stage is decreasing.
The top hotel companies in the Middle East Construction Pipeline are Marriott International with 86 hotels and 21,576 rooms, Hilton with 81 hotels and 23,477 rooms and AccorHotels with 52 hotels and 14,876 rooms.
The largest brands in the Pipeline for each of the these companies are Courtyard by Marriott with 12 hotels and 2,720 rooms, Hilton’s full-service hotel brand with 28 hotels and 10,740 rooms and Accor’s Novotel brand with 10 hotels and 2,629 rooms.
The Middle Eastern cities with the largest pipelines are Dubai with 125 hotels and 35,882 rooms, Riyadh with 57 hotels and 10,872 rooms, Doha with 48 hotels and 10,395 rooms and Jeddah with 40 hotels and 8,071 rooms.