Dubai hotels will soon be classified under a new ratings system, as the hospitality market in the city continues to boom.

According to Trade Arabia, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing Director General Khalid bin Sulayem says the current ratings system has been under review for some time and was due a change.

“We have been holding consultation meeting across all sectors from developers to hotel management companies, and with new projects coming on stream all of the time we feel it is time for a review,” he says.

Mega projects such as The Atlantis at the Palm will add an extra 2,000 rooms to the city by the end of 2008.

The director says he welcomes the entrance of budget hotels into the market as they have a place in the overall portfolio of properties in Dubai on offer to the traveller.

By staff writer