She emphasized that the emirate is one of the most important markets for the company and provides great investment opportunities

"Marriott International": 9 new hotels in Dubai during 2021

  • Marriott will add 5 new hotels to its Dubai portfolio over the next few months.

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  • Sandeep Walia: "We are happy with Dubai's ability to adapt to changes, and we are confident that we will continue to achieve success in it."

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Sandeep Walia, CEO of Marriott International Operations in the Middle East, said, "Dubai is one of the most important markets (Marriott), which contributes to achieving the company's development strategy, and continues to provide great investment opportunities and consolidate its presence in the region's market, pointing out that The company currently has 10 hotels under construction in Dubai with 3,000 hotel rooms.

Walia revealed to "Emirates Today" that nine hotels are scheduled to open this year, including the four hotels that have been launched since the beginning of this year until today, which are: "St. Regis Dubai The Palm", "Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf", "Aloft". Dubai Al Mina, and Element Dubai Al Mina.

He confirmed that five other hotels are scheduled to be added to the Marriott portfolio in Dubai during the next few months, which include: "St. Regis Downtown Dubai", "Edition Dubai", "Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Cultural Village", and "Aloft Dubai Airport". and Element Dubai Airport.

Expo 2020 Dubai activities

Walia continued, "Our company is looking forward to the start of the activities of (Expo 2020 Dubai), and we are optimistic about the good impact of the exhibition on our business."

He added, "We are ready to take advantage of the expected influx of travelers to the emirate, during the six months during which the exhibition will be held.

We also expect a large influx of visitors not only to stay in our hotels, but also to eat and drink in our destinations spread across the emirate, as we currently operate in Dubai more than 160 outlets directly or as a third party.”

He explained: "Expo 2020 Dubai is a pioneering event that can highlight Dubai's potential as a global destination.

We are optimistic about its impact on the hospitality sector, at a time when we are aware of the priority of safety measures for travelers, as Dubai has long been famous for its safety and safety initiatives, as well as its efforts in providing vaccination campaigns, as this will enhance the confidence of guests to visit it.”

Walia pointed out that Dubai has promoted itself wonderfully as an ideal destination to host "Expo 2020. Dubai", stressing the commitment of "Marriott" to play its role in supporting the emirate, by launching initiatives and offers to attract guests.

He said: "We are now looking at a number of opportunities to provide and provide food and drink during the event, as two of our most famous restaurants in the emirate will be located in (The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina): (Fish) and (Busola) within the exhibition site."

Options and experiences

Walia expects to launch five new destinations by the end of this year, pointing out that the Marriott portfolio offers a variety of options and experiences in all categories: luxury, premium and standard.

He continued: “Our company currently operates more than 45 hotels and 14,300 hotel rooms in Dubai, and we also operate 19 brands ranging in categories from luxury, such as (St. Regis), (The Ritz-Carlton), and (W), and excellent such as (Westin). and (Sheraton), and selected services such as (Residence Inn by Marriott) and (Aloft).

market recovery

Wali stated that Dubai witnessed a greater recovery than other markets in the region, as we noted the good performance of Marriott hotels during the past year.

He said: "We are confident that the travel sector will continue to thrive in this destination, as evidence indicates an increased demand for travel, at a time when Dubai tops the list of the most prominent tourist destinations, especially with its hosting of (Expo 2020 Dubai)."

safe destination

Walia indicated that during the "Covid-19" pandemic, the UAE made great efforts to protect its citizens and residents, and to provide a safe destination for tourists and travelers, as it adapted very quickly to the changes imposed by unprecedented circumstances, which contributed to the recovery of the travel and hospitality sector.

He said, "Dubai is one of the first destinations that reopened its business and services to receive tourists, establishing its position in the world," noting that, according to the tourism performance report, the number of hotel nights booked during the first half of this year reached 14 million, which is a good indicator. .

"We are happy with Dubai's ability to adapt to all changes, and we are confident that we will continue to achieve success," he said.

hotel occupancy

Sandeep Walia, CEO of Marriott International Operations in the Middle East, said: “Looking at the performance of our company, we saw a 47% increase in hotel occupancy in the Middle East and Africa region during last June, mainly due to the recovery of holiday destinations and local stays, and the increase in rates Vaccination in the Emirates.

In general, during the second quarter of this year in the Middle East and Africa, the RevPAR reached $60.89, an annual increase of 219.1%.

The region recorded the highest occupancy rates outside Greater China at 43.7% for the second quarter of this year, achieving an increase of 27.5% from 2020. The global hospitality sector's recovery rate also showed a remarkable acceleration during the second quarter, and continued during July 2021.

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