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The hospitality industry is a hugely significant contributor to the country’s GDP. New projects are constantly being announced each year, adding more hotel rooms and food and beverage (F&B) options.
The UAE F&B sector is set to expand over the next few years due to the introduction of several new projects, some of which are expansions of existing properties while others are brand new developments.
One expansion that looks to add significant F&B outlets into the market is the Mall of the Emirates’ (MOE) Dh1 million redevelopment project which will introduce an additional 25,000 meters to the mall and include some F&B outlets that are new to the Middle East. This second phase of redevelopment began last year and is hoped to be completed by 2016.
Just recently, two new hotel apartments opened within the vicinity of Downtown Dubai: Damac Maison The Vogue and NAIA Breeze. Both will offer more than 500 rooms.
Several other projects in Dubai are due to be completed this year, bringing with them a large number of F&B outlets and hospitality experiences. Westin Dubai, St Regis Dubai and W Hotel are all expected to open on Shaikh Zayed Road at different months this year. The InterContinental Dubai Marina is due to open soon with expected nine F&B venues, while Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina is set to open in 2016. Marriott International will also open the 312-room Renaissance Dubai Downtown Hotel this year.
The Rotana Group also has new hospitality projects opening this year including the Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi which will offer more than 200 rooms and two dining outlets to the UAE capital’s hospitality market.
With many new mixed-use projects being developed in northern emirates, especially in Ras Al Khaimah, tourists and visitors can expect a wide range of choices when it comes to hotels. Among those planned are InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah and Crowne Plaza Resort.
• MOE expansion will introduce new F&B outlets to Middle East
• Two hotels opened in Downtown recently with more coming up
• RAK is also expected to add more hotel rooms to existing ones
Source: Nicholas Baker, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer