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Despite a downturn and a slowing of development, Dubai is still primed to add more and more rooms to its inventory over the next decade.

While it may seem as if Dubai’s hotel industry has reached a saturation point, it’s quite the opposite really, as hoteliers and industry experts alike seem confident this market can check in a further boom in the sector.

Dubai’s hotel count at the end of the first quarter of 2012 rested at 577, with the total number of rooms and flats (or hotel apartments) at 75,171, according to the Dubai Department of Commerce and Tourism Marketing (DTCM). Dubai’s hotels reported a strong performance last year, too, with guest nights rising to 32.8 million, marking a 23 per cent increase year-on-year, while total revenues jumped 20 per cent to Dh16 billion.

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