Hotels in Dubai experienced a 5.5% increase in occupancy to 72.2% from January to July 2010, according to a report by STR Global.

The analysis said that continued marketing and promotion efforts undertaken by the hotels contributed to the occupancy growth. However, revenue per available room (revPar) declined 3.2% from the previous year to AED577.99 ($157.15), according to the survey.

The Middle East hospitality study also revealed that occupancy fell by 25.9% in Abu Dhabi between January and July.

RevPar during the period was $114.96 compared with $228.55 in the same period in 2009.

RevPar in the Middle East remains dominant on a global basis with $120.43 in the first half of the year, compared with $79.06 in Europe, $81.56 in Asia Pacific and $58.20 in the Americas, reports