A special market report outlined the growth of Airbnb in Dubai between August 2015 and August 2017. Revenues for properties listed on the online marketplace and hospitality platform during that time increased by 421% to top US$3.3million in August 2017, with listings nearly tripling to 3,249.
The report released by Chestertons MENA, a leading international property agency, has revealed, rather than competing with Dubai’s hospitality sector, the Airbnb concept is complementing the hotel offering within the emirate by providing an alternative travel experience, with average occupancy levels topping 57% during Dubai’s peak season. During the low season months of June, July and August 2017, Airbnb occupancy levels averaged nearly 40% - on a par with performance in the hotel industry.
The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing subsequently signed an agreement with Airbnb in May 2016, to help further regulate the accommodation offering available and ensure only whole or integral units are marketed, promoting responsible hosting and helping grow and diversify tourism in the emirate in line with Dubai’s strategy to attract 20 million visitors by 2020.
Average Daily Rates (ADR) for listings have retained consistent year-on-year levels with prices in August 2015 averaging US$153; in August 2016 prices averaged US$154; and in August 2017 the price was US$154. The first three months of 2017, denoting peak tourism season, witnessed ADR of US$226, US$201 and US$204 respectively, further underscoring the popularity of the community-driven hospitality platform.
Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has become a trusted community marketplace for people to list, search and book unique accommodation around the world. To date, the company has assisted over 200 million guests in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries.