Hilton to open first DoubleTree in Sharjah

($43 billion DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Sharjah)

Hilton has announced plans to open its first DoubleTree by Hilton in the emirate of Sharjah, with an opening date slated for 2020. The hotel company has signed a management agreement with the Al Marwan Group for the $43 million property, which will be called The Sharjah Waterfront Hotel and Suites, situated opposite the Al Majaz Waterfront, with 254 suites and apartments.

The hotel will include an all-day dining restaurant, lobby café, indoor pool, two gyms and treatment rooms.

The waterfront area is one of Sharjah’s main tourist attractions, and includes various activities, such as a mini splash park and the Sharjah Fountain firework display.

“Although less well known than its neighbors, Sharjah is a well frequented destination for industrial and GCC tourists,” said Carlos Khneisser, VP of development, Middle East and North Africa at Hilton.

“Responsible for nearly half of the UAE’s oil output, the emirate is abuzz with international trade and traffic. Coupled with burgeoning demand from cultural GCC tourists, Sharjah is a prominent location to introduce DoubleTree by Hilton brand.”

Hilton announced plans for this new hotel six years after opening the Hilton Sharjah on Corniche Road, its first in the emirate of Sharjah.

It has rolled out these plans in the wake of Sharjah’s push to revamp its hospitality and tourism infrastructure.

Two of these projects in the works include the Al Khan Village Resort project and an expansion of its airport.

Scheduled for completion in 2019, the Al Khan Village Resort is a luxury resort part of the reconstruction of a traditional Al Khan fishing village.

The expansion of Sharjah International Airport, set for completion in 2027, aims to handle 25 million passengers.