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Abu Dhabi tops luxury hotel list

The UAE capital has a higher percentage of five-star hotels than any other city in the world

According to research by luxuryhotels.com, Abu Dhabi is the place to go if you’re looking for five-star accommodation.

With 47 of its 146 hotels – 32% – ranked as five-star, Abu Dhabi has more luxury hotels as a percentage of its total hotel offering than any other city in the world.

The findings came from research by luxuryhotels.com, using Euromonitor’s Top 100 City Destintions report and Booking.com to find out the number of hotels and their rankings in each destination.

Surprisingly, Dubai only made it to the 20th position. The emirate is home to the Burj Al Arab, dubbed the world’s first “seven-star hotel”, and has 2,960 properties listed on booking.com. Only 188 are five-star meaning the luxury segment accounts for 6% of Dubai’s hotel offering. 

Chinese cities were well-represented on the list, with Shenzhen in second place and Beijing, Shanghai and Zhuhai ranking third, fourth and fifth place respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 list were Saudi Arabia’s Makkah in sixth place with 34 luxury hotels out of 166, followed by Singapore, Guangzhou, Guilin and Vancouver.

Here are the top 10 cities by percentage of five-star hotels according to luxuryhotels.com:

  1. Abu Dhabi, UAE – 32% 
  2. Shenzhen, China – 24% 
  3. Beijing, China – 22% 
  4. Shanghai, China – 21% 
  5. Zhuhai, China – 21% 
  6. Makkah, Saudi Arabia – 20%
  7. Singapore – 16%
  8. Guangzhou, China – 13% 
  9. Guilin, China – 13% 
  10. Vancouver, Canada – 12% 

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