Dubai, Makkah lead MidEast hotel construction drive

Makkah is growing rapidly as a tourism hotspot on the back of religious pilgrims.

Dubai and Makkah continue to drive growth in the Middle East hotel construction pipeline, according to new date published by industry analysts STR.

The two cities reported more than a quarter of the total hotel rooms being built in the region during February.

STR’s February 2017 Pipeline Report showed that the Saudi holy city of Makkah has 22,370 rooms in 17 projects while Dubai has 19,578 rooms in 64 projects.

Regionally, the report showed that there is a total of 153,460 rooms in 540 hotel projects under contract in the Middle East.

Under Contract data includes projects in the in construction, final planning and planning stages but does not include projects in the Uuconfirmed stage.

The under contract total in the Middle East represents a 1.3 percent increase in rooms compared to February 2016, STR said.

It added that specifically in the in construction phase, the Middle East reported 83,106 rooms in 263 hotels, up 3.4 percent on the year-earlier period.

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