In Dubai, hotel bookings and occupancy are piling up for Expo – as are room rates
Dubai: Two weeks before the Expo opens, hotel room rates in Dubai are on the rise, but with steady increases rather than overnight peaks. Early bookings for October and November are doing quite well, and hoteliers are now confident that this pace should last until early next year.
âWith the current changes in tourist visa regulations, customers have responded quickly, and we are seeing from recent research results that there is a growing demand for all-inclusive vacations in Dubai,â said Ali Ozbay, Director regional marketing and communications at Rixos Hotels UAE, which operates resorts at JBR in Dubai and on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. âWe have already discovered the potential of the local market and the feedback has been very positive.
With everyone in the hospitality industry experiencing a pickup in occupancy rates and bookings looming ahead of the Expo, it is the government’s announcement on the clearance of tourist and visitor arrivals to the Expo which accelerated the process.
And the room rates?
Hotels didn’t wait to respond with what they thought was the right set of rates and offers yet. At Rixos, an all-inclusive package costs between 1,200 and 1,600 Dh depending on the room and the season. It includes luxury or premium accommodation, a la carte dining choices, entertainment options and all of the works, so to speak.
The Five Palm Jumeirah package starts from Dh 1,670 which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at one of the hotel’s seven restaurants. The Ritz Carlton in Dubai offers a ‘Dinner Half Board Offer’, which includes a buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner with the choice of dining at over 100 participating restaurants in the UAE by MoreCravings – la plate -Marriott’s online restaurant form.
According to travel and hotel booking portals, rates for staying in Dubai are increasing, but gradually. There are rooms available for what can only be considered extremely affordable. These include a 5-star stay at the Asiana Hotel in Deira for nearly 160 Dh per night. Radisson Blue and Carlton Blue – also in Deira – charge around 160 Dh per night.
For those looking for more amenities but on a budget, a room at the Grand Plaza MÃ¶venpick can be booked for 329 Dh, while the Marriott Hotel Al Jadaf costs around 340 Dh for one night. If affordable luxury is what is required, the Kempinski Hotel at the Mall of the Emirates could be a great option with room rates starting at Dh680. The intercontinental at Dubai Marina also costs around Dh600 for one night.
When you think of luxury hotels in Dubai, the first name that comes to mind – Burj Al Arab – will charge guests from Dh 4,000 over the next few weeks.
Dubai hotel occupancy rates are already close to pre-pandemic levels. âBarriers to travel have decreased – and the UAE has been one of the few destinations that has been able to remain open with limited restrictions due to the drop in cases,â said Philip Wooller, area director for the Middle East and Africa consultancy firm STR. .
The UAE resumed issuing tourist visas for fully vaccinated people from all countries from August 30. Tourist visa applicants must be fully immunized with one of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“This is another example of the United Arab Emirates being at the forefront of the safe return of tourism,” Wooller said. pandemic occupancy levels before Expo 2020. â
Aiming for winter peaks
All signs point to an exceptional winter for hotels in the United Arab Emirates. âWe have started getting a lot of inquiries and receiving bookings for the last few months of 2021 at our hotels, especially our Uptown properties, as they are closer to the Expo site,â said Mark Kirby. , reception manager, Emaar Hospitality group. âWe are seeing significant corporate bookings as the Expo approaches.
âWe believe that the fourth quarter will be our strongest period as every year on the backs of Expo, Christmas and New Year. [And] we are also preparing to celebrate the United Arab Emirates jubilee year in December. “
Emaar Hospitality, official partner of Expo 2020, offers guests complimentary tickets to the event during their stay. This is for customers staying at the Company’s Vida address or hotels in Dubai between October 1 and March 31, 2022.