SHAR­JAH’S NEW HIS­TORIC HO­TEL

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The peo­ple be­hind the ever-pop­u­lar Chedi ho­tel in Mus­cat are tak­ing their luxe style to Shar­jah. A new re­sort, the Al Bait Shar­jah, opens at the end of the year in Heart of Shar­jah, the emi­rate’s his­tor­i­cal in­ner-city district un­der restora­tion (these im­ages are artists’ ren­der­ings of the ho­tel). The project aims to re­vive Shar­jah’s her­itage and his­tory.

How will it do that? For starters, the ho­tel will be con­structed from foun­da­tions of old houses that once be­longed to im­por­tant fam­i­lies in the area; hence the name Al Bait, which means ‘home’ in Ara­bic. The five-star re­sort’s 53 lux­ury guest rooms and suites will over­look the con­ser­va­tion project of the last re­main­ing round wind tower and the ho­tel will have a di­rect con­nec­tion to Souq Al Ar­sah – the UAE’s old­est tra­di­tional bazaar and mar­ket­place.

Al­though its ex­te­rior architecture will in­cor­po­rate hand­crafted thatched roofs and mo­tifs of a by­gone era, in­side you’ll find state-of-the-art mod cons. There’s meet­ing spa­ces, two eater­ies – all-day din­ing The Restau­rant serv­ing tra­di­tional Ara­bic food and pas­try out­let The Café – and a spa with ham­mam fa­cil­i­ties is also set to take shape. Al Bait Shar­jah is a project de­vel­oped by Gen­eral Ho­tel Man­age­ment – the com­pany be­hind the renowned Chedi – and Shurooq, the Shar­jah In­vest­ment and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

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