Hotel market in UAE

The years before the global financial crisis the hotel markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi were very strained, with extremely high demand as well as occupancies within 85-95 % for the whole year, both for beach and city properties. Non-refundable deposits, unflexible cancellation periods and difficulty in confirming standard rooms without allotment were very common problems in Dubai. This caused the hotel prices to go through the roof before the financial crisis hit here in late 2008 and early 2009. Now (2015) the market has changed somewhat with the openings of several new hotels in Dubai, and we see some change reg this with regards to flexibility from hotels. Hotel prices are still high during peak periods, and occupancy levels of 70-90 % over the high season in some areas are still common. In Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah, hotel rates are generally lower than in Dubai, and these emirates offer great value over some of the peak periods in Dubai. When sourcing for hotels in UAE, the most important is to know which location is preferred, as the city is quite long stretched with about 35 km distance from the old areas by the creek to Dubai marina.

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