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A montage of hotel room rates in Dubai for bookings for July 26, 2020.

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Dubai hotel rooms for Dh49? It’s real deal

 

DUBAI – Hotel room rates in Dubai have never been cheaper, giving residents and tourists more value for their money as operators hoped to rekindle demand for tourism.

A search on travel website booking.com revealed that hotel rooms in Dubai were selling for as low as Dh49 per night for weekday stays this week. Three-star properties dropped their room rates to less than Dh50 per night, with Mayfair Hotel offering a deluxe room for Dh49. Delmon Palace Hotel has a standard twin room for Dh47 on Agoda.com.

Even 4-star properties had attractive room rates on offer, with Marco Polo Hotel offering a standard double room for Dh57 per night on Agoda.com. Raintree Rolla Hotel is offering a deluxe room for Dh49 on booking.com. Ibis One Central World Trade Center Dubai has a standard twin room for Dh88 while at City Avenue Hotel, rooms start at Dh85.

Sun and Sands Plaza Hotel has twin rooms on offer for Dh70 per night, while at Ibis Deira City Centre Opens, room start at Dh95 with a further 15 percent discount.

Extra sanitation charges and taxes start from Dh25 to Dh35. Room rates are expected to go up slightly during the Eid Al Adha holiday.

Abu Dhabi-based expatriate Jericho L. (full name withheld) spent a 5-day staycation at the Citymax Hotel across Mall of Emirates at Dh70 per night earlier this week.

“I haven’t been to Dubai for three months so when I got the chance, I booked a hotel room right away. When I checked online, the prices were really unbelievable. What I’m paying for a 5-day stay now is equivalent to the rate for one-night’s stay before,” Jericho told Expatmedia.net before he checked out of the room on Friday (July 24).

The Filipino healthcare professional said he booked his hotel room through Agoda.com. “The hotel charged me extra for sanitation and tourism tax, but it’s worth it because the hotel staff really make sure my room is sanitized and disinfected well,” he said.

Travel restrictions have led to a dramatic drop in hotel bookings in the UAE and around the world, but with Dubai opening up to tourists starting on July 7, hotels have voiced confidence in a quick return to normal operations.

In 2019, the tourism sector in Dubai accounted for more than 11 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product, with the emirate attracting close to 17 million visitors. PIA/Expat Media


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