Six months after opening in the heart of this city’s historic district, the Al Bait Sharjah is emerging as one of the region’s most ambitious new properties.
Renowned for the five historic homes at its foundation, the 53-room resort by GHM debuted in marked contrast to the world-famous hotel towers of nearby Dubai, cultivating a low-slung profile and an aesthetic that celebrates indigenous building design and materials. Its historic barjeel, or wind tower, punctuates the district’s age-old appeal.
The name of this new Leading Hotel of the World – Al Bait – means home in Arabic and is a reference to both the intimate atmospherics of the property’s design and to its five residential chambers.
The homes are each named for former inhabitants and are designed to recall their original purpose as residences that doubled as a post office, a customs’ house and a salon – or majlis – for the city’s intellectual elite.
The hotel’s accommodation ranges from 31 to 44 square-metres in the deluxe rooms, to 102 square-metres in each of the resorts’ two grand suites. Its decor marries an Arabian ambiance to Eastern minimalism.
The Al Bait Sharjah is managed by GHM (General Hotel Management Ltd).