Al Bait Sharjah doubles up as museum and library
The boutique property inaugurated by Sultan Al Qasimi is valued at $55 million
Al Bait Sharjah is home to stories and archives on Sharjah’s history and that of the Al Midfa and Al Naboodah families.
Al Bait, which means home in Arabic, is part of an Emirati conservation project in Sharjah spearheaded by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). The five-star resort is also home to a museum and a library that archives Sharjah’s history.
The property is the latest on General Hotel Management Ltd. (GHM) list of hospitality properties and features a collection of four heritage houses once owned by local families closely intertwined with Sharjah’s history.
The official opening of the five-star resort in mid-December was led by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and in 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, and the Director of Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD), and a number of senior officials from Sharjah’s state entities.
According to a statement, the boutique property, which is valued at AED 200 million ($55 million), has 53 luxury rooms and suites, food and beverage venues, a hammam, helipad and a fleet of 2019 Mercedes, including a 1967 Mercedes Pullman limousine.
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.
The hotel’s recently appointed general manager Patrick Moukarze 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.”