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AHIC 2020: US$23bn of hotels to be built in MENA by 2023

AHIC 2020: US$23bn of hotels to be built in MENA by 2023

Officials behind the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference have released the third annual AHIC Hotel Investment Forecast.

The research reveals more than US$23 billion worth of hotel construction contracts are scheduled to be awarded in the Middle East and North Africa between now and 2023.

According to work, conducted by regional project tracking service Meed Projects in quarter four 2019, the hotel development sector will be most active in Oman, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Ed James, director of content and analysis at Meed Projects, said: “On the back of the more than 700 new hotels worth in excess of US$53 billion having been built over the past seven years, the Middle East is rightly viewed as a high-growth region for tourism.

“Growing economies, enhanced infrastructure and the opening up of the sector have acted as catalysts for development.”


“In terms of the hotel pipeline, Saudi Arabia is the leading future market with just under $9 billion worth of projects planned to be awarded over the next four years,” continued James.

“This includes a minimum of 21,500 rooms, across 36 individual hotel, resorts and master-planned tourist destinations.

He explained: “The kingdom has made tourism and the opening up of its cultural heritage and pristine Red Sea coastline key components of its 2030 Vision.

“Self-styled ‘gigaprojects’ like the Red Sea Project, Amaala, Neom and the Qiddiya entertainment hub are set to transform Saudi Arabia and the region over the next few years.”

The UAE lies in second place, with $7.6 billion worth of hotel construction contracts on the four-year horizon.

Oman has hotel developments worth just over $2 billion in the pipeline, while Egypt has some $1.9 billion worth of projects set to be awarded by 2023.

The levels of investment revealed by the AHIC Hotel Investment Forecast over the next four years are testament to an incredibly buoyant market.

“New hotel resorts like Jebel Sifah and the St. Regis Muscat in Oman, the Ritz-Carlton in Sharm el-Sheikh and the MGM Resort and Bellagio Hotel in Dubai are set to continue to make the Middle East one of the most vibrant and diverse tourism destinations in the world,” added James.

The regional hotel pipeline and the future outlook for hotel investment in the Middle East will be discussed in depth at the sixteenth edition of AHIC, which returns to Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai from April 14th-16th.

Jonathan Worsley, chairman of Bench Events and founder of AHIC, said: “The AHIC Hotel Investment Forecast is an incredibly valuable piece of research that clearly demonstrates that the Middle East still has so much to offer when it comes to future hotel expansion and investment.

“We’re especially excited to see markets such as Oman and Egypt, which offer incredibly rich and diverse tourism landscapes, return to the forefront of development in the region.”

Worsley continued: “The ever-evolving hotel management models, brands and products coming to the region will be discussed at AHIC 2020 under the theme, ‘Transform Tomorrow’, which will explore the many different ways hotel owners and operators alike are adapting their businesses to compete in the future”.


AHIC 2020 features a stellar line-up of more than 100 high profile speakers and promises to bring together more than 800 hotel investors, major developers, leading financiers, and C-level hotel executives for three days of content, networking and events.

For more information about the event, head over to the official website.