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Hospitality boom in Middle East: 541 new hotels

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There are 541 new hotels in the pipeline across the Middle East – bringing an additional 158,950 hotel rooms to the region, an industry report has revealed.

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The Middle East Hotel Construction Overview report prepared by TopHotelProjects for The Hotel Show Dubai 2016 forecasts that the majority of new hotel rooms will open before 2020.

The UAE (180 projects) and Saudi Arabia (134 projects) remain the most active hotel construction hotspots in the region.

The busiest year for hotel openings leading up to 2020 is forecast to be 2017 with 189 projects and 58,527 rooms.

Notable hotel openings scheduled for 2017 include: the world’s largest hotel in Makkah, Saudi Arabia with 10,000 rooms, and the world’s first Paramount Hotels & Resorts property; the Paramount Hotel in Dubai.

“That is a lot of bedrooms, bathrooms, windows, doors, terraces, restaurants, pools, spas, gyms, and much more to be fit out and equipped over the next five years,” said Gary Williams, Event Director of The Hotel Show Dubai, taking place 17-19 September 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Intersolar Middle East (19-21 September 2016) is focused on solar energy and sustainability, an important trend in hospitality. In 2017, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is forecast to open Dubai’s first 100% solar powered hotel.

Pascal Gauvin, Chief Operating Officer, EMEA, IHG said: “Hotel Indigo Dubai The Sustainable City is a unique project designed to be integrated into an entirely sustainable community, and to meet the highest environmental, social and commercial sustainability standards.

“As a brand, Hotel Indigo is a direct reflection of its surroundings and in this case, the hotel’s first commitment to its neighborhood was a net zero energy building where solar power will meet 100 per cent of the hotel’s energy needs. We see this project as a potential future trend, perhaps encouraging more hotels of its kind and more usage of solar energy.”

Intersolar Middle East will also host the Global Solar Leaders' Summit (GSLS), expected to attract more than 300 regional leaders and policy makers and prestigious speakers from Tesla, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, IRENA, Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, and many more.

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