GHM Signs Unique New Hotel in Sharjah

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 10 April 2013

GHM has expanded its hospitality interests in the UAE, signing a contract to manage the Al Bait Sharjah hotel, scheduled to open in early 2015.

In Sharjah, the hotel project will have 54 hotel rooms across four categories of accommodation, as well as a spa and dining facilities that include a traditional Arabic tea and coffee house.

Wall-mounted lanterns, arched porticos, rooftop terraces, and a warren of pedestrian arteries coursing through the compound create the hotels unique ambiance. Many of the rooms at the Al Bait will open onto intimate, interior courtyards.

Five of the buildings within the hotel compound are decades-old heritage buildings, once owned by prominent residents and today retained with due respect for their original layout and function. Seasoned walls of coral support one of the aged homes. Another will continue to function as a library and museum.

The Souq Al Arsa, a traditional open-air marketplace, will wind through the core of the hotel property, forming a pedestrian thoroughfare that promises a lively, interactive guest experience.

Were blurring the lines between the destination and the accommodation in a manner that enhances a guests stay, said GHM President, Hans R. Jenni. The Al Baits integration with its environs conveys the destinations charm and character, ensuring a very immediate and enriching experience of life in the exquisite heart of Sharjah.

Indeed, the 10,000 square-metre (2.5 acres) hotel development is a major pillar of an overarching heritage initiative, the Heart of Sharjah, launched by the emirates leadership. When completed in 2025, the project will have safeguarded a number of historic landmarks and preserved the essence of Sharjah as it was decades ago.

GHM signed its management deal with the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

Shurooqs message is not a commercial one, but a cultural one that will enhance the position and the value of the emirate, said Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq.

The projects architect is GAJ, a U.K.-based firm thats developed a number of projects in the U.A.E.

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