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Sultan Al Qasimi Inaugurates Al Bait Sharjah: Boutique Five-star Hotel in Emirate’s Heritage District

13 December 2018

Al Bait Sharjah, a new boutique five-star luxury resort in Sharjah, UAE was officially inaugurated today (Thursday) by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah. The new hotel becomes the first 5-star luxury hospitality brand in the UAE built on and inspired by rich Emirati heritage and culture.

The official opening, which was led by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, was also under the presence of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, Sheikh Salem Bin Abdul Rahman Al Qasimi, Director of the office of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD) and a number of senior officials from Sharjah’s state entities along with local and international journalists and influential personalities.

Al Bait, which translates to ‘The Home’ is part of an Emirati conservation project in Sharjah spearheaded by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). The hotel is the latest on GHM Singapore’s illustrious international list of hospitality properties, and features a collection of four heritage houses once owned by local families closely intertwined with Sharjah’s history. The five-star luxury resort located in Heart of Sharjah – a major cultural heritage site in the UAE.

Raising the bar and pioneering luxury hospitality in Sharjah, the resort is set to put the destination on the map. The boutique property, which is valued at AED 200 million, is home to 53 luxury rooms and suites, and a range of facilities and amenities including, an array of dining offerings inspired by Middle Eastern and Far Eastern cuisines, a luxury hammam, a helipad for the ultimate arrival, a fleet of 2019 Mercedes and an iconic 1967 Mercedes Pullman limousine.

The new luxurious property also features a museum and a library, with stories and archives on Sharjah’s history, and the history Al Midfa family and Al Mahmoud family, whom shared a significant influence and presence in the emirate of Sharjah since the 1950s. The hotel is also connected to various facilities and hotspots in the Heart of Sharjah project, such as Souq Al Arsah, Souq Al Shanasyiah and Souq Al Masqoof, through which guests and tourists can have easy access to further experiences in and around the Heart of Sharjah project.

His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman, Shurooq, said: “Shurooq is committed to enhancing Sharjah’s appeal as an investment, tourism, and business destination, guided by our traditions and inspired by innovation. With Al Bait Hotel, we have brought Shurooq’s boutique hotel concept to life, where guests who seek the perfect balance of luxury and authenticity will be able to immerse themselves in true Emirati surroundings, and experience second-to-none Arabic hospitality.”

“The colourful heritage of Sharjah is beautifully preserved in this uber-luxurious address in the emirate. Our focus and objective behind the launch of this new luxury property to take guests on a journey during a time before oil was discovered in Sharjah, and to invest in preserving a history of authenticity and rich heritage; being delivered directly to tourists,” he added.

On his part, Patrick Moukarzel General Manager of Al Bait Sharjah, said: “This is an exciting time for Sharjah and the global tourism industry, as we celebrate the debut of a luxury property that is set to redefine authentic tourism in the UAE and the Gulf Region.”

He continued: “Al Bait Hotel is set to be the beating pulse of the Heart of Sharjah project, and we are excited to have our expertise and our quality of services integrated with the luxury and cultural genuineness of Al Bait Hotel, delivering a hospitality service and experience like no other. Our aim is to ensure that every corner and every delicacy of Al Bait Hotel reflects on the rich Emirati heritage and on our quality offerings and services to our guests.”

Al Bait Sharjah’s location is what gives the property is situated in the UAE’s most ambitious historical restoration project known as Heart of Sharjah – a distinctly unique development which follows traditional Sharjah architecture built upon the original foundations of old houses that once belonged to the most esteemed families in the country. Heart of Sharjah seeks to revitalise the heritage district and introduce visitors to its glorious past, transforming restaurants, cafes, art galleries and atmospheric local bazaars where tourists can experience the UAE’s cultural and social fabric.

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