UAE spa market set to soar

According to the Spa & Wellness Travel report, produced by
Colliers International for Arabian Travel Market, the number of
five-star hotel spas in Dubai is set to grow by 11 per cent,
increasing from 107 in 2017 to 157 by 2021.


The report analysed data from spas representing 369 treatment
rooms across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, highlighting nuances in
demand and revenue trends. The number of spas increased 27 per


Simon Press, senior exhibition director at Arabian Travel
Market, says: “Spas are no longer exclusively associated with
the luxury market. As a result, we are seeing more choice in
Dubai at various price points, a diversification in treatments
and an increase in the number of spa management courses
available to professionals.


“In 2018 and beyond we expect to see Dubai and the region’s
reputation cemented as a leading medical, wellness and health


Recent high profile spa openings in the region include The Spa
at Palazzo Versace Dubai and The Bulgari Spa. Projected annual
spa revenues in the emirate are US$495 million by 2019
according to Visit Dubai.


The UAE will welcome 83 new hotels in 2018, many featuring spa
and wellness amenities and, across the Middle East, a further
500 new properties are due to open by 2020.