As Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, in regards to business at least, getting a reservation for a good hotel room is becoming more and more difficult. If you know you have a trip to Dubai coming up, make your reservations ASAP or find yourself sleeping in a (gasp) three-star hotel.
Tried booking a room in a decent Dubai hotel lately?
Chances are that you will be told that they are overbooked, or that the only rooms available are the ones that'll cost you an arm and a leg. Wonder why? The number of tourists flooding the UAE in general, and Dubai in particular, isn't funny.
The average rate for a one-night stay in a Dubai hotel is Dh1,080, ($294), an increase of 11.5 per cent in March 2013 (compared to the same month last year), latest stats issued by STR Global show.
The increase in room rates in the emirate have nicely gone hand-in-hand with an increase in occupancy rates, with occupancy for all UAE hotels (not just in Dubai) rising 3.2 per cent year-on-year to reach a high 82.8 per cent in March.
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