Dubai 2003 puts in place uniform rates

A uniform rate structure will prevail in Dubai during the annual meeting of the World Bank and the IMF in September.

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By  Shilpa Mathai Published  July 24, 2003

A uniform rate structure will prevail in Dubai during the annual meeting of the World Bank and the IMF in September. Thus a standard room in a five star city hotel will cost $150, executive room $200, one bedroom suite $545 and the royal one bedroom suite $ 2042.

Dubai’s 272 hotels and 23,000 rooms are ready to entertain the anticipated 16,000 delegates and guests for Dubai 2003, said Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (DTCM) director general, Khalid bin Sulayem.

According to him, Dubai hotels have more than enough rooms to accommodate the guests.

In an exclusive interview with Hotelier Middle East, Ahmed Albanna, assistant coordinator general and head of accommodation committee, revealed that the tariff structure was decided upon by the hotels themselves.

“This rate has been set in conjunction with hotels so as to prevent any malpractices during the conference. The base of unification of rates was the corporate hotel rates,” says Albanna.

He argues that the organising committee didn't dictate arbitrary rates so the question of encouraging cartels does not arise; “We wanted the unification of rates as we didn’t want this to be a one off event to make a profit on, we see it as an investment for the future,” said Albanna.

September, according to him, is not an active month for Dubai hotels and though the local hotel industry is developed and mature, the organising committee wanted to retain control to maintain total transparency.

“These rates are set up by hotels according to the various hotel categories to make Dubai competitive. Whenever necessary in future as well, we will follow this implementation of uniform rates depending on the size of the event,” adds Albanna.

The inventory of all the rooms in Dubai will come under the direct control of the accommodation bureau of organising committee during the conference. Rooms, meetings and function rooms will be released on demand.

“This agreement was again in conjunction with hotels to avoid duplication in bookings,” he said. “We have faith in the local hotel industry’s capabilities to handle events of such magnitude.”

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