AHIC 2014: Abdulla Bin Sulayem discuss growing serviced apartments sector

AHIC 2014: Abdulla Bin Sulayem discuss growing serviced apartments sector

The growing demand for luxury serviced apartments in prime resort locations in the emirate will be highlighted by Seven Tides chief executive, Abdulla Bin Sulayem, and a panel of experts speaking at a session entitled ‘Succeeding in the Extended Stay and Serviced Apartment Segment’ at this year’s Arabian Hotel Investment Conference.

According to a recent released Deloitte report which presented an ‘Assessment of Luxury Serviced Apartments Provision for Palm Jumeirah Dubai’, the island hospitality hotspot currently has nine operational hotels and serviced apartment schemes totalling 3,750 keys and 950 luxury units.

Deloitte says that Palm Jumeirah is likely to remain the top destination for luxury hotel and serviced apartment provision in Dubai due to latent demand for serviced units well integrated with a full service luxury beach resort, despite 2,000 more keys set to add to the critical mass by 2017.

The report also notes that increasing tourist arrivals to Dubai, ongoing tourism infrastructure provision and a growing GCC customer base are all contributors to future sector growth.

“The launch of the 456-unit Anantara Residences Dubai Palm Jumeirah in 2013 provided high-net worth individuals with the opportunity to invest in a highly desirable lifestyle as well as to capitalise on opportunities in the managed buy-to-let arena as Palm Jumeirah continues to maintain its prestigious position as a luxury tourism destination,” said Bin Sulayem.

“Our investor mix is a blend of GCC clients who recognise the long-term ROI potential of high-end luxury residential investment, and we conducted a GCC road show last year to meet with prospective investors face-to-face; but we also have an international client base and our participation in consumer events like the Moscow International Property Show has been instrumental in driving demand,” he added.

According to the Dubai Statistics Centre, serviced apartments across the board in Dubai have experience consistent increases in the number of guests and number of nights stayed, which is reflected by compound annual growth rates of 14 per cent and 19 per cent respectively over the period 2008 to 2012.

Bin Sulayem will be joined by Anil Bhardwaj, director, AA Al Moosa Enterprises; Ziad El Chaar, managing director, DAMAC; and Filippo Sona, head of hotels MENA for Colliers International.

The session is scheduled for Monday May 5th from 15:30-16:15.

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The event comes at an exciting time for Dubai, with both World Travel Awards and Arabian Travel Market joining AHIC in welcoming industry leaders to the Emirate over the next few days.