Al Bait Sharjah Trumpets its Debut with First Collection of Images
Six months after opening its doors 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 and for its overwhelming dedication of human resources.
“The very act of checking into this resort is like an immersion into the depths of the city’s incredible heritage, said Patrick Moukarzel, the resort’s general manager. “If what we want as travellers is an experience of place that is completely singular to that place, Al Bait is it.”
The homes are each named for former inhabitants, and resound with their original purpose as residences that did double duty as a post office, a customs’ house and a salon or majlis, for the city’s intellectual elite. Its coral building blocks and gypsum have stood the test of time. A multi-gallery museum tells the story of one of the original inhabitants, the commerce that made his fortune, and a city that’s decided its past is not dead -- it’s not even past.
One hundred eighty seven employees service the resort’s 53 rooms, a ratio that’s almost double the average in Asia, and far higher than in the West.
“For many of our guests, this kind of palatial service is, in fact, just like home but for others it’s an extraordinary experience out of the Arabian Nights,” said Moukarzel.
The resort’s two restaurants -- the Restaurant and the Arabic Restaurant -- serve international fare and dishes developed on the Arabian peninsula, such as 24-Hour Braised Camel. The resort’s managers still tell the story when one of its first and most esteemed guests, who is served daily by his own full-time kitchen, called for seconds at the Arabic Restaurant.
In the Café, the space is as renowned for its aromas as its pastries. In the Ice Cream Shop, camel’s milk competes with cow’s milk as the principle ingredient of the preferred scoop.
The Al Bait Sharjah is managed by GHM (General Hotel Management Ltd). The resort was developed by Shurooq, the Sharjah Development and Investment Authority, as an anchor to its landmark Heart of Sharjah project.
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