Number of hotel rooms under construction in the Middle East up 42.5 percent

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Middle East had 80,344 rooms in 252 hotels under construction last February, according to the February 2016 Pipeline Report from research firm STR Global.

The number of hotel rooms under construction in the region was up 42.5 percent year-over-year last month.

Meanwhile, there were 151,454 rooms in 538 hotels under contract in the Middle East, an increase of 40.7 percent.

Last month in Africa, 29,565 rooms in 158 hotels were under construction, a growth of 42.8 percent year-over-year, and 62,192 rooms in 321 hotels under contract, up 47.6 percent.

Among the countries in the Middle East and Africa, Saudi Arabia reported the most rooms under construction with 34,753 rooms in 77 hotels. This was followed by the United Arab Emirates, with 26,957 rooms in 92 hotels; Qatar (5,980 rooms in 26 hotels), Egypt (4,538 rooms in 13 hotels) and Morocco (3,619 rooms in 19 hotels).