Euromonitor International reveals that the UAE spa market is booming


A report published by Euromonitor International reveals that the UAE spa market is booming with revenues of US $411 million forecast for 2015.

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) reports the UAE is leading spa tourism in the Middle East and North Africa with visitor numbers set to double by 2017.

GWI identifies that the MENA region is the second fastest-growing market in the world for spas behind Sub-Saharan Africa with growth powerhouse UAE set to add a million trips from 2012-17.

Susie Ellis of GWI says: "The top spa growth powerhouse, more than doubling wellness-focused trips from 2012-2017, will be the UAE, with 993,352 trips added and 17.9% annual growth."

Other growth markets include Morocco, set to add 825,703 visits and with 14.7% annual growth, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria, also set to see double-digit annual wellness tourism growth to 2017.

GWI attributes the luxury day spa, hotel spa and spa resort boom in GCC countries as a major factor behind the region's spa market growth.

Euromonitor forecasts spa revenues in the UAE will reach US $495 million by 2019.

GWI identifies Dubai as the leading growth market in the GCC countries. The Dubai hospitality market is over-saturated with luxury 5-Star resorts and is home to the only 7-Star hotel in the world. Within these properties a wide range of extravagant spa treatments have emerged including Dubai's most luxurious offering, a 24-carat-gold facial, available at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Dubai's hotel spas and day spas target the growing number of international tourists, the fast-growing local luxury segment and the huge Gulf expatriate community.



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