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Another serious hotel boost in the Gulf states

In the UAE alone, 97 new hotels are likely to be added by 2010 for a combined capacity of more than 30,600 rooms. “In the same period, Qatar is expected to add 39 new hotels and 9,835 rooms; Kuwait, 19 hotels and 4,115 new rooms; Bahrain, 15 hotels and 3,615 rooms and Oman, 4 hotels and 766 rooms,” said Frederic Theux, President of Reed Exhibitions, organisers of Equip Hotel Middle East, to be held in Abu Dhabi from December 14-16, 2008. Currently the total hotel room capacity in the above countries stands at 33,925. Abu Dhabi is planning to increase hotel room capacity to 25,000 by 2015 and develop over 100 hotels in the next ten years. According to the Dubai Department of Tourism, the number of hotels in Dubai is set to rise to 554 by 2016 from 439 currently, with the existing room capacity of hotels and hotel apartments expected to nearly triple with the new additions.

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