Hotel occupancy is almost 100% during the Festival
Hotel occupancy is nearing 100 percent across Dubai during the Eid Al Adha holiday next week as the resort has been popular year-round, attracting both tourists and residents.
Major hotel players say foreign tourists are flocking to the emirate due to competitive rates, a wide range of hotel options, luxury hotels, international amenities and a variety of domestic activities designed for the summer season.
The people of the UAE will have a six-day break – the longest holiday this year – from Tuesday, June 27 to Sunday, July 2 to mark the Festival of Sacrifice. Although outbound travel is strong this year as ‘return travel’ continues, accommodation has also become increasingly popular in the UAE over the past few years, especially after the government introduced a new tourism management system.
According to booking.com data, about 98 percent of hotels near the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are not available during the Eid holiday, while beach hotels are also seeing demand, reaching about 90 percent during the busy week. .
Occupancy rates at Palm Jumeirah, Downtown, and Dubai Marina stood at 88 percent, 83 percent, and 85 percent, respectively, as of Wednesday. As the longest holiday of the year approaches, the number of residents is expected to rise as more tourists flock to the emirate and more residents book accommodation.
Residents or visitors?
Juan Carlos Reina, general manager at Dukes The Palm said: “Vacations like this are strong for a number of reasons, including family gatherings, religious trips, vacations, cultural events, tourism, special offers, and business trips. .
He said that they attract a wide variety of visitors, especially visitors from the UK, Germany, and Russia as well as local tourists, especially during the summer.
Sam El Asmar, executive vice president of corporate affairs, Rotana, predicted that in the UAE there will be more than 90% occupancy in resorts and beach resorts and 80% in city hotels as people look to make the most of the weekend and a place to live.
“During the summer season, we see an increase in bookings from neighboring GCC countries, the UK, the US, Russia, China, and others,” he said.
Tarek Medhat, director of sales and marketing, Shangri-La Dubai, said they welcome guests from all over the world.
“During Eid, we see an increase in tourists from the local market and the GCC countries, especially Saudi Arabia, on holiday,” he said, adding that the resort has 80 percent occupancy.
During Eid Al Adha, Ayman Ashor, general manager of the group, Al Bandar Rotana and Arjan in Rotana, has about 90 percent.
“Our guests at the Al Bandar Rotana hotel include UAE residents and international visitors. The Eid Al Adha celebrations attract many people who want to ‘live’ in the city. At the same time, Dubai’s reputation as an international tourist destination brings many tourists from other countries,” added Ashor.
What attracts tourists in the summer?
The emirate’s top hotels bring special discounts, in-house entertainment, a variety of dining experiences and special spa and wellness offers that help attract more visitors to the city.
Ayman Ashor added that he will add a special discount of 15 percent on the room rates for Eid holidays and the two-day Eid meal on the first and second days which will greatly help to increase the number of people during this period.
“We continue to innovate to enhance the visitor experience to increase the number of people. These include various options such as our special Eid 15% discount, special Eid holiday packages, cultural festivals, and a special two-day brunch at the restaurant Salt & Pepper. We also offer luxury dining options, entertainment, special offers at the fitness center, and access to nearby attractions. Other hotels in the area also use these same options,” added Ashor.
Tarek Medhat added that the Eid package includes an elevated brunch with international cuisine, an additional upgrade to a certain room category, early check-in and late check-out and a 20 percent discount at all restaurants and bars throughout the stay.
Sam El Asmar said that as part of the summer campaign, members of the Rotana loyalty program can get a 15 percent discount on premium rooms and an extra bed for a family reservation, while children under 6 years old will enjoy freedom. dining with a 50 percent discount for children under 12 years old.