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Giant Leap In Dubai, 31 Hotels Being Built
or Confirmed for Future Construction

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May 2, 2004 - Dubai has more hotels under construction or planning today than ever before.  According to research by The Consulting House, a new hotel consulting firm based in Dubai, there are 31 new 5- and 4-star hotels either being built or confirmed for future construction in the city, containing a total of 11,770 rooms and suites, plus 1,305 hotel apartments.

“Dubai has a history of rapid growth in its hotel sector, having increased its supply from 167 hotels with 9,383 rooms in 1993 to 272 hotels with 23,170 rooms in 2002, but today’s ‘giant leap’ forward in future supply is quite unprecedented,” said Guy Wilkinson, director of The Consulting House.

“This confirmed growth is in addition to at least 100 other hotels, which are planned at The Palm, Jebel Ali and Dubailand, for example, for which details are as yet unconfirmed.”
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Atlantis, the Palm
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The new hotels include some landmark properties that are sure to join the Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the Emirates Towers as icons of the world’s hotel industry.  For example, the new Dubai 250-room Armani Hotel, the first of a new chain of boutique hotels created by Emaar Properties in association with the famous Italian fashion designer, Georgio Armani, will be located inside the 560 metres high Burj Dubai, the future tallest tower in the world.

Another skyscraper, the nearby Forex Rotana Suites in the upcoming Dubai International Financial Centre free zone will offer 480 suites in a 72-storey tower.
Atlantis, the Palm, will eventually offer 2,000 low-rise hotel resort rooms on the Crescent of The Palm, Jumeirah, with the region’s largest water theme park, including an underwater archaeological ‘dig’ themed on Atlantis.

The amazing Hydropolis Hotel will become the world’s first underwater hotel, with 300 rooms and suites at a depth of 20 metres off the Jumeirah Coast.
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Hydropolis Hotel
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Many of the confirmed new properties will be built within Dubai’s new real estate ‘mega projects,’ including The Palm, Dubai Festival City, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers.

However, it is Dubailand, billed as the future Orlando of the Middle East, which looks set to become the focus of hotel construction, following an announcement that it will contain 50 hotels of 1,000 rooms each.

“Dubai has the hottest hotel market on the planet,” concluded Wilkinson.  “The critical mass of new developments is creating a chain reaction, from a current construction boom to a future tourism boom.  The shere number of foreign companies involved in these projects confirms their belief in Dubai’s future status as one of the world’s major players in the hotel and tourism sectors.”
 
 

Dubai Future Confirmed Hotel Supply
Name and Area* of the Property
Number of Rooms
Number of 
Apartments
Opening 
Year
5–Star hotels in central areas of Dubai
Al Badia Golf Resort @ DFC
170
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2005
Armani Hotel @ Burj Dubai
250
150
2007/8
Forex Rotana Suites @ DIFC
480
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2008
Inter.Continental @ DFC
450
80
2007
Jaddaf Waterfront Hotel
330
452
2005
Kempinski @ Mall of the Emirates
376
24
2005
Park Hyatt @ Dubai Creek Golf Club
238
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2005
Rotana Al Murooj
253
147
2004
Rotana Villas
130
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2005
Total
853
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5–Star hotels in Jumeirah and Jebel Ali
Abu Dhabi National Hotels @ JBR
450
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2007
Al Fardan Hotel @ Palm
200
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2008/9
Al Habtoor Hotel @ Palm
250
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2008/9
Al Qasr @ Madinat Jumeirah
292
-
2004
Al Seef Resort & Spa @ Palm
220
-
2008/9
Atlantis Phase 1 @ Palm
1,000
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2008/9
Atlantis Phase II @ Palm
1,000
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tbc
Dar al Masyaf @ Madinat 
283
-
2004
Grosvenor House @ DM
218
206
2005
Hydropolis
300
-
2006
IFA @ Palm
1,200
246
2008
Jumeirah Amwaj Rotana @ JBR
300
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2007
Manchester Star Tower @ JLT
220
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2006
Metropolitan Resort Towers
439
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2005
Montgomerie Golf Course Hotel
17
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2004
Movenpick Dubai Pearl @ DMC
450
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2005
Palm Palace Kempinski @ Palm
180
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2008/9
Palm Sun Hotel/Resort @ Palm
1,000
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2008/9
Private owner @ JBR
350
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2007
Total
452
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4–Star hotels
Marriott Courtyard @ GC
160
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2004
Private owner at JBR
300
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2007
Traders Hotel
250
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2004
Total
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GRAND TOTAL
11,770
1,305
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Source: The Consulting House
*Key: DFC = Dubai Festival City; DIFC = Dubai International Financial Centre; DMC = Dubai Media City; DM = Dubai Marina; JBR = Jumeirah Beach Residence; JLT = Jumeirah Lake Towers; GC = Green Community. Tbc = to be confirmed

The Consulting House is a management consulting firm established at Dubai Media City in 2003 to provide research, analysis, planning, management and operational advisory services for developers, owners and operators of commercial and residential properties in the Gulf and wider Middle East regions.


 
 
Contact:

Guy Wilkinson
Director
The Consulting House
PO Box 502294
Dubai, UAE
Tel:  ++971 4 391 0025
Email:  guy@theconsultinghouse.ae

Also See: Dubai and Mauritius the Top Two Long Haul Destinations from the UK; Have Displaced the Caribbean and Canary Islands / March 2004
George Markantonis Named Chief Executive Officer of Kerzner's Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai / January 2004


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