Hospitality Update Q2, 2015
According to Mr. Ben-Mahmoud from JLL, The Middle East and Africa region continues to witness strong hotel development and interest.
It also has a “differentiated and diverse strategies, supported by strong infrastructure programmes as well as niche and specialized hospitality offerings such as heritage, boutique and retreat hotels.”
Dubai remains the leader in the industry, not only within the region but globally as well. It has meant a continued investment from investors in its potential, implementing ambitious growth strategies.
Qatar is another market that will be advancing in the coming years with the prospect of building or finding an extra 15,400 new rooms needed to meet the demand for the up and coming FIFA World Cup.
According to JLL, the development of leisure tourism will remain critical to the long term tourism growth in Doha particularly beyond the 2022 FIFA World Cup event.
In Saudi Arabia, hospitality is not the strongest, with rates expected to decline in 2015 due to falling oil prices and more competitors to the market. Not deterring the government, it still sees to invest in its infrastructure, with many international brands looking open in cities across KSA.
Although Riyadh is already home to major international brands, there is a strong pipeline of hotels under development which will impact performance levels across hotels.
Dubai remains the benchmark and most popular hospitality market in the region, due to its ease of access, quality hospitality options, modern infrastructure, leisure and entertainment options as well as its warm climate and environmentally friendly atmosphere.
Furthermore, the prospects of Dubai 2020 continues to encourage development towards the mega event. It has plans to attract 20 million tourists annually by 2020 leading up to the World Expo. Abu Dhabi hospitality is witnessing positive recovery amid a stabilization of the supply and the growing impact of the leisure and entertainment sectors.
At the time of publication their were 877 active jobs in the hospitality industry in Dubai.
Among the top available positions were:
- 257 Chefs
- 69 Chef de Partie
- 92 Commis Chef
- 23 executive Chefs
- 1 Head Chef
- 15 Pastry Chefs
- 42 Sous Chefs
- 315 Front Office staff
- 154 houskeeping roles
With the World Cup the main driver for room growth and demand, there is no surprise Qatar has the second most jobs advertised in the region.
546 jobs in Qatar were found at the time of publication. Of those:
- 94 were Chef positions
- 122 in food and beverage
- 39 in housekeeping and
- 81 Front Office required to be filled.
The food and beverage employees required were banquet manager, bar manager, bartender, conference manager, food and beverage director and restaurant manager.
There were 535 jobs available in Saudi Arabia:
- 79 Chefs
- 67 in the food and beverage department
- 89 Front Office and
- 60 housekeeping staff required.
In Kuwait there was about the same demand for all fields being Chefs, food & beverage and front office, with 23, 31 and 27 vacant positions advertised respectively.
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