Ernst & Young has said hotels in four cities in Saudi Arabia saw an increase in their occupancy rates in the first half of 2012, Saudi Gazette has reported. Jeddah's rate rose by 8% to 81%, and in Riyadh it rose by 1% to 64% while the holy cities of Madinah and Mecca both witnessed 5% increases, E&Y said in its Middle East Hotel Benchmark Survey. Hotels in Dubai have seen average room rates rise by more than 8% in the first half of 2012 while occupancy has also improved by 3%. The survey said Dubai's average occupancy hit 84% between January and June, compared to 81% in the same period last year. In contrast, Abu Dhabi, which has seen an influx of new supply over the past few months, saw occupancy rates remain flat at 78%.