The absolute occupancy level was the highest for any April in STRs Abu Dhabi database. STR analysts note that performance levels were pushed by events such as Culture Summit Abu Dhabi (7-11 April) and the Retail Abu Dhabi Spring Sales (15 April through 1 May).
The Middle East reported a 9.3% year-over-year increase in hotel rooms in construction as of April, while African hotel rooms in construction decreased 7.1%.
Hotels in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, reported occupancy declined 2.4% to 70.6% in May, according to preliminary monthly data from STR. ADR similarly dropped 4.9% to 1,310.35 Saudi Arabian riyals ($349.43) and RevPAR decreased 7.1% to 925.07 riyals ($246.49).
Middle East hotel occupancy rose 3% to 60.8% in July, but a 5% ADR decrease to $119.26 brough RevPAR down 2.1% to $72.51. In Africa, hotel occupancy rose 1% to 62.6%, ADR increased 4.8% to $106.94 and RevPAR rose 5.8% to $66.99.