Hotel numbers keep growing in UAE

Hotel numbers keep growing in UAEImage Credit: Supplied

World-class and unique attractions. Beach parties. Luxury shopping. There are lots of reasons why swarms of tourists come to the UAE. As the most happening country in the region, there are many surprises that await locals and tourists here. And as the number of tourists grows, so does the number of hotels.

Island resorts, desert retreats or underwater suites – the hotels in the country are known to provide the highest degree of comfort to business and leisure travellers. Within easy reach by transportation network, there is a diverse selection within the city and out of town, with new ones coming up almost every month.

These conspicuously new hotels, some palatial and lofty, are adding new contours to the country's cityscapes, giving the influx of visitors more options to choose from.

Just recently, the Burj Al Sarab soft opened in the Mina area of Abu Dhabi. Other hotels expected to open in the coming months are the Grand Hyatt, Grand Millennium Bab Al Qasr and Marriott. Currently, hotels litter the shores of Saadiyat Island; Yas Island also has a number of hotels. Meanwhile, the Zaya Nurai Island Resort is pure paradise located on an exclusive island off the Abu Dhabi coast.

In Dubai, the InterContinental Dubai Marina recently opened, adding 132 rooms to the current stock. Other hotels expected to open in the emirate this year and the coming years include Marina 101, Rosewood Dubai, Langham Place, The Address The BLVD, Palazzo Versace, and St. Regis, W and Westin hotels.

Ras Al Khaimah is a favoured summer destination attracting local and international visitors. It has hotels in the city centre and in waterfront locations. The emirate has witnessed a boom in tourist accommodations with 30 hotels expected to be completed by 2022.

To get close to nature and the beautiful landscapes, visitors may also choose an open desert resort in Al Ain or a private villa in Fujairah.

Handy Hints:

• The Palazzo Versace hotel is slated to open in December 2015

• Beachfront hotels litter the shores of capital's Saadiyat Island

• Ras Al Khaimah witnessing a boom in tourist accommodations

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Source: Alfred Ocianas, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer


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