Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing have announced an intention to introduce a new hotel classification system. Properties will continue to rank in stars, but now they are going to rate according to new categories as well, such as business, beach, desert and cultural heritage.
The old rating system that has been around for 12 years in this Arab region, which last year accepted nearly 7 million tourists, will be replaced by the new one. Five-star Dubai hotels will be categorized into three groups: Platinum, Gold and Silver. Estimation criteria for other star categories have also been reconsidered. Rooms and suites will be rated in the following three categories: Basic, Standard and Deluxe.
Currently, tourist business accounts for 30 percent of Dubai’s GDP, and it has become one of the main income generators in the region. As of now, the emirate has 352 hotels and 188 hotel apartments, totaling 540 hospitality properties with room capacity exceeding 16,180. DTCM experts expect a 7 percent increase in the number of hotels and a 30 percent growth in room capacity.