Al Bait Sharjah Hotel eyed for UAE in 2015

General Hotel Management (GHM) announced the slated opening in the United Arab Emirates of the Al Bait Sharjah Hotel. GHM currently manages The Chedi Muscat in Oman, and is also planning to open The Chedi Khorfakkan in 2015.

Located in Sharjah, the hotel project will unveil 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 pedestrian walkways will reflect hotel's Arabic ambiance. Many of the rooms at the Al Bait will open onto interior courtyards.

Five of the buildings within the hotel compound are decades-old heritage buildings, once owned by residents and today retained for their original layout and function. The Souq Al Arsa, an open-air marketplace, will wind through the core of the hotel property, forming a pedestrian thoroughfare.

The 107,639-square-foot hotel development is a part of a larger heritage initiative, the Heart of Sharjah. When completed in 2025, the project will have safeguarded a number of historic landmarks.

GHM signed its management deal with the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). GHM and Shurooq previously signed a similar deal on The Chedi Khorfakkan.

The project's architect is GAJ, a UK-based firm that already developed a number of projects in the UAE.

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