Abu Dhabi's hotels buck downward trend of visitor numbers in GCC cities

The UAE capital enjoyed a rise in occupancy rates as Dubai's fell

Abu Dhabi's hotels buck downward trend of visitor numbers in GCC cities
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It seems more and more people are discovering just how great a city Abu Dhabi is to visit.

The UAE capital’s hospitality sector appears to be thriving in a time where many other GCC cities are seeing visitor numbers fall.

The MENA Hotel Benchmark Survey Report for April 2018 indicates Abu Dhabi is firmly established as one of the region’s top destinations. –

Abu Dhabi enjoyed the highest hotel occupancy figures of any GCC city in April, with an impressive rate of 87.9 per cent – climbing 4.7 per cent year on year.

Ras Al Khaimah came in second place, with occupancy rates at 85.4 percent.

Meanwhile, neighbours Dubai saw a 3.4 per cent fall year on year, with occupancy rates standing at 81.8 per cent.

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Experts believe the downward trends experienced by Dubai is influenced by an increasing supply, as well as an increasing preference for budget accommodation.

Abu Dhabi’s success in April is thanks in part to the inaugural 2018 Culture Summit, which saw government officials and industry leaders from more than 80 countries descend on our city. 

Yousef Wahbah, MENA Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction Sector Leader at EY, said:  “High occupancy in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi can be attributed to global and regionally focused high profile conferences and exhibitions.

“Overall, the MENA hospitality market is expected to experience similar levels of performance over the next few months, with MICE activities tapering off towards the middle of May due to the start of the holy month of Ramadan and the beginning of the summer season.”

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