BE2C2 Report — Plans are on the front burner for the first Dubai hotel to be run 100 percent by women.
UAE-based Time Hotels is to run the hotel in the Barsha district of Dubai, with its opening by the end of this year, said CEO Mohamed Awadalla in a video announcement on social media.
No further details were given, with a further announcement to be made at the Arabian Travel Market this year.
Dukes Dubai announced it has joined a growing trend of hotels catering for solo female travelers by introducing a women-only floor.
Dukes opened at the end of March as a 279-room hotel and 227-hotel apartment complex.
Casually named the “Duchess Floor”, the 20 rooms will have private lift access and a separate breakfast lounge. The idea came from the luxury hotel’s managing director Debrah Dhugga, who often travels solo for work, reported Australian travel and tour website ElsewhereNine.
This isn’t the first time a hotel has offered an option for women travelling alone; there are hotels in Singapore, Japan, Australia, the US and the UK which all offer women-only floors.
Meanwhile, Dubai’s tourism sector sustained the momentum of its strong 2017 start, with the emirate reporting an 11 percent increase in overnight visitation in the first three months of the year.
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) said in a statement that the city saw 4.57 million travelers in Q1, more than double the growth achieved in the first quarter of 2016. India remains its top source market.
Among Dubai’s top 20 source markets for inbound tourism, China and Russia continued to top the growth trajectory charts with 64 percent and 106 percent increases over Q1 2016, delivering 230,000 and 126,000 tourists respectively.
The big jump comes as citizens from both countries can now obtain free visas-on-arrival in the UAE.
The average occupancy rate across all hotel and hotel apartment categories reached 87 percent, it added.