A Milestone for Dubai

Written by  Lisa Loverro

Dubai is a city of achievements - the tallest building (the Burj Kahlifa), and the largest indoor theme park (IMG Worlds of Adventure), just to name a few. And, their latest achievement is just as important. Following the soft opening of The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City late last year, a milestone of 100,000 hotel rooms was reached across Dubai’s expanding hotel and apartment inventory.

Looking to the future, Dubai Tourism expects occupied room nights in hotels and hotel apartments to reach 35.9 million, representing a 10.8% annual growth rate from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. As such, the overall room supply is expected to reflect similar growth, reaching 134,000 rooms by the end of 2018. With demand increasing, overall projected occupancy rates until 2018 expect to be maintained at approximately 77%, allowing the emirate to build stronger competitiveness as a global tourist destination.
Dubai Tourism expects to expand guests’ overall length of stay to four days by 2018. This is in addition to volume growth in international overnight visitors spurred by increasing air connectivity and seat capacity primarily delivered by Dubai’s two carriers, Emirates Airline and Flydubai. Below are some of the notable hotels that have recently taken up residence in the Dubai emirate.
As previously mentioned, The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City (www.starwoodho is the brand’s second property in Dubai and is the perfect stay for the athletic corporate traveler. Known for their fitness offering, this Dubai property will also have a Running Concierge to provide their clients with a healthy start to the day. Located next to the Dubai Canal, the hotel is home to their Heavenly Spa by Westin with 20 treatment rooms and a hammam.
The W Dubai - Al Habtoor City (, opened summer 2016, is a cosmopolitan intersection of art, design, fashion, music and cuisine. Offering over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting/events rooms this W Dubai stays true to their “whatever whenever” approach to customer service. The reception is located on the 30th floor with expansive city views while you go through the check-in process.
December 2016 ushered in Nikki Beach Resort and Spa (, perfect for chic young travelers visiting the emirate. The resort offers a collection of ultra-deluxe villas, suites and residences right on the shoreline of the Arabian Gulf.
High Fashion meets hotel chic with Donatella Versace’s Palazzo Versace Hotel ( recently opened in November 2016. A neoclassical-inspired design with Arabian touches, this 215-room hotel is set in the heart of the cultural village, featuring high ceilings, landscaped gardens, and a range of well-crafted Italian furnishings.
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