Ramadan impacts Middle East hotel occupancy rates

Ramadan impacts Middle East hotel occupancy rates
Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Published: 21 July 2016 - 3 a.m.
By: David Thompson

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Makkah, Medinah and other areas of Saudi Arabia experienced increases in RevPAR.

However, hotel revenue rates declined in most major markets across the GCC when compared to data collected from the previous year, according to data released from STR.

Key findings include a RevPAR increase of 8.3% in Makkah, driven by a 3.9% rise in occupancy and a 4.3% lift in average daily rate.

RevPAR grew 2.6% in Medinah, with occupancy up 1.5% and ADR up 1.1%.

Muscat, Oman, witnessed the steepest decline in RevPAR, down from -18.6% during the May 2016 year-to-date period to -24.8% during Ramadan.


STR reported Dubai and Abu Dhabi each saw a similar pattern, with larger performance declines during the Ramadan period.

Specifically during Ramadan, Dubai reported flat occupancy but an 11.6% decrease in ADR, while Abu Dhabi reported both a 7.7% decline in occupancy and a 7.2% drop in ADR.

RevPAR in Manama, Bahrain was up 2.2% compared with the same period last year.

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