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Abu Dhabi Hotel Occupancy Rises to Highest Since Pandemic Began

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Hotel occupancy in Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates, surged in June to its highest level since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Hotel occupancy in Abu Dhabi was 68.5% last month, according to STR’s preliminary data. The average revenue per available room, an indicator of profitability, was 219.81 dirhams ($59.67), the highest since February.

The rate of rooms in Dubai has also increased, STR reported earlier this year. The emirate will be hosting the Expo 2020 international exhibition in October, aiming for 25 million unique visitors in what it hopes will be a significant boost to tourism.

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According to STR, the year-over-year percentage increases are “substantial” due to comparing the pandemic-affected months of 2020.

The UAE has largely avoided lockdowns since emerging from one last year. Abu Dhabi has announced some curbs and plans to restrict public spaces to vaccinated people from August, but Dubai remains mostly open.

Travel restrictions remain in place. In addition to the U.S. raising its travel warning for the country to its highest level, Saudi Arabia has temporarily prohibited travel. The UAE has been on a “red list” for traveling to the U.K. since January.

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