RAK tourism sector aims to increase number of hotel rooms to 12,747 in 5 years: RAKTDA CEO – News

The emirate now has 8,130 hotel rooms offering the highest standard of hospitality.



By WAM

Published: Thu 18 August 2022, 20:17

Last update: Fri 19 August 2022, 18:09

Raki Phillips, CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), pointed out that the emirate’s tourism sector aims to increase the number of hotel rooms over the next five years to 12,747 rooms, supplied by over 50 hotels and resorts that offer the highest levels of service to visitors.

He also highlighted RAKTDA’s commitment to supporting hotels in the emirate in implementing the country’s emirate program and attracting citizens to work in tourism and hospitality.

In an interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Phillips said the emirate has been focused on building world-class infrastructure including the best hotels and resorts, noting that he now has more than 50 hotels, including ten 5-star hotels. , 9 4-star hotels, 7 hotel residences and 24 other labeled accommodations.

The emirate now has 8,130 hotel rooms offering the highest levels of hospitality, and RAKTDA aims to promote hospitality offerings over the next five years, adding 4,617 rooms and encouraging the construction of several new ones. hotels, including Marriott, Anantara, Westin, Rove and Sofitel hotels. , he added.

Phillips also noted that the emirate is diversifying its hospitality options, establishing accommodation on Jebel Jais, including Earth Hotels Altitude, a temporary hotel concept that will open next year, as well as the ‘Saij Lodge’. of the Mantis group, a mountain destination that will offer relaxation, entertainment and guided tours.

Another addition is Cloud7 Camp Jebel Jais, which will provide guests with a luxurious camping experience with 30 accommodation units constructed from sustainable materials.

Phillips then announced its intention to inaugurate an integrated project in 2026 on the island of Marjan worth billions of dollars, which will be located on an area of ​​250,000 square meters, with more than 1,000 rooms and shops. Retail.

Ras Al Khaimah is a leading international destination for tourism and investment, and is one of the most diverse emirates in the country, he pointed out.

The emirate received more than a million visitors in 2019, approaching pre-pandemic levels in 2022, who come from major markets including Kazakhstan, the UK and Germany.

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced its comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Destination Strategy which will see the nature-based emirate become the regional leader in eco-friendly tourism by 2025.

Ras Al Khaimah is renowned for its exceptional nature, leisure, adventure and authentic offerings. With an extraordinary history dating back over seven millennia, the northernmost emirate in the United Arab Emirates has become one of the most sought-after destinations in the Middle East. —Wam

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