Hotel boom predicted for Abu Dhabi

A total of 2,400 new hotel rooms will open in Abu Dhabi throughout 2016, according to a new report.

The Abu Dhabi Hotel Market Summary prepared ahead of The Hotel Show Dubai 2016 reveals that 200 rooms opened in Q2 2016 with the soft opening of the Four Seasons on Al Maryah Island in May, and an additional 2,200 rooms are forecast to be added to the market by the end of the year.

The Q2 report also predicts hotel room supply in Abu Dhabi is expected to reach almost 26,000 rooms by the end of 2019.

New hotel openings anticipated for the Emirate by the close of 2016 include the Grand Hyatt, Gloria Downtown Hotel; and Bab Al Qasr.

The 677-key Bab Al Qasr will open in Q3 2016. Francois Kassab, chief operating officer, Millennium & Copthorne Middle East and Africa, said: “Abu Dhabi has seen an impressive growth in tourism, receiving 4.1 million tourists last year, up 18% on the previous year.

“Set on the waters of the Arabian Peninsula, overlooking the Presidential Palace, Bab al Qasr will offer a new luxury landmark on Abu Dhabi’s ever changing skyline. Born from a partnership between UAE and Morocco, it will provide a truly unique Middle Eastern experience.”