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STR: Middle East and Africa hotel performance for April 2020

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LONDON—Showing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, hotels in the Middle East and Africa reported unprecedented performance lows during April 2020, according to data from STR.

U.S. dollar constant currency, April 2020 vs. April 2019

Middle East

  • Occupancy: -58.0% to 31.2%
  • Average daily rate (ADR): -35.1% to US$95.54
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -72.7% to US$29.82


Both the Middle East and Africa saw their lowest absolute occupancy and RevPAR levels for any month on record.

Local currency, April 2020 vs. April 2019

Saudi Arabia

  • Occupancy: -50.4% to 31.8%
  • ADR: +4.9% to SAR474.66
  • RevPAR: -47.9% to SAR151.11

The absolute occupancy level in Saudi Arabia was the lowest for any April since 2003. Key markets in the country, Jeddah and Riyadh, recorded 53.9% and 39.9% occupancy declines, respectively.


  • Occupancy: -33.0% to 48.8%
  • ADR: +4.6% to QAR410.36
  • RevPAR: -29.9% to QAR200.45

The absolute occupancy level was the lowest for any April in STR’s Qatar database. At the market-level, Doha Centre experienced a drop in occupancy of 32.4%.

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