Dubai hospitality market to remain tough in 2019, says Emerald Palace Kempinski MD
Sebastien Mariette predicts a boost to the Dubai hotel market during Expo 2020
The hospitality market in Dubai will continue to experience tough conditions next year, according to Sebastien Mariette, managing director of Emerald Palace Kempinski and its sister property Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah.
Speaking to Arabian Business, Mariette said he predicts a challenging year ahead, but said the new Kempinski will offer the right experiences to draw customers in.
Many people tell me that this is a tough period to open a hotel in Dubai, but I think this is a cycle. Yes, it is a bit challenging. 2018 was not an easy year and I dont think 2019 will be much easier, but if we are consistent when it comes to quality and value for money, we will get there. It might take 6-8 months, but if we offer the right experiences, we will get there, because we have the product, he said.