Dubai: Five-star hotel rooms in Dubai are asking – and getting – prices in excess of Dh2,500 a night in the last days of 2021, some even quoting Dh16,000. But are hotel accommodations still available and easy to use?
A quick look at the booking sites shows that hotel rooms are still available for 600 dirhams or less in parts of the city. Gateway Oaks Ibn Battuta – easily recognizable by its unique architecture and proximity to Ibn Battuta Mall – has rooms listed for AED 574 next week.
There are plenty of other affordable options too, one of which is at the Hyatt Regency in Deira, which offers stays at Dh690, while the Golden Sands Creek in the same area will cost around Dh540 for a night’s stay.
More expensive options
For those who aren’t shy about splurge, Dubai has plenty of options. The cost of Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights in Bur Dubai is about 1,300 dirhams per night. The Meydan Hotel – the world’s first trackside 5-star hotel – is also a great option for anyone looking for a slightly different experience and prices start at around 1,600 dirhams.
No trip to Dubai is complete without a beach stay – even if it’s just for one night. The Habtoor Grand Resort at Jumeirah Beach Residence (Jumeirah Beach Residence) offers stunning ocean views and charges around Dh5,000 – a reasonable rate given the area and time of year.
If a very luxurious stay is on the cards, look no further than Burj Al Arab, where prices start at 7,000 dirhams.
If the idea is to stay on a budget and explore the sights of Dubai, some of the three star and four star hotels may offer some of the best rates. The Riviera Hotel in Deira costs around Dh400 for a night’s stay, while the Metropolitan Hotel on Al Thanya Street is an equally inexpensive option between Dh300 to Dh400. Millennium Airport Hotel is another budget option starting from 400 dirhams.
Hotels back into model
While hotels await the busiest week of the year, it is worth noting that Dubai’s hospitality sector has experienced a significant recovery over the past few months. Hotels in Dubai and Sharjah saw the highest growth in occupancy levels in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, according to Colliers International.
“This can be attributed to continued demand for accommodations during school holidays and demand from re-starting conferences and face-to-face events,” the consultancy said in a recent report.
The UAE branded hospitality market reached 109,500 rooms by the end of the third quarter, with Dubai being the largest contributor to the new offering followed by Abu Dhabi. About 1,300 rooms opened in the Dubai market during the last quarter in time for Expo 2020.
The Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) recently revealed that the emirate received 4.88 million visitors between January and October, and the number of international visits during October alone reached more than one million. Government data showed that the return of tourists resulted in the reservation of 9.4 million overnight stays between January and the end of October, compared to 7 million overnight stays sold in the same period in 2019.
“Our multi-pronged strategy to combat the pandemic and deploy large-scale initiatives to increase our global competitiveness is a hallmark of Dubai’s public-private partnership model,” said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of the Department of Economy in Dubai. Tourism in a statement. This has been the cornerstone not only of what has been achieved in 2021 but also of what will be achieved in the next crucial 12 to 24 month period.
“Expo 2020 also provides a unique platform to interact with the global community as all hotels and tourism partners work closely to facilitate visits for their guests to maximize this opportunity.”