SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Bin Otaiba Investment Group for a Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Sharjah, marking the company’s entry into the emirate.
Scheduled to debut as a Hilton in the fourth quarter, the 259-key conversion property is conveniently situated on Corniche Road, 15 km from Sharjah International Airport and 10 km from Dubai International Airport. The hotel is the landmark Corniche Al Buhaira Hotel Sharjah.
“Sharjah’s versatile and dynamic tourism industry makes it a perfect fit for Hilton Hotels & Resorts,” says Dave Horton, global head of Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “We’re looking forward to bringing our style, world-class service and forward-thinking approach to this exciting new venture in the UAE.”
The hotel will feature four F&B outlets, including an all-day dining restaurant, two specialty restaurants and a lobby lounge. To accommodate Sharjah’s strong meetings and conference demands, the hotel will have five boardrooms, one ballroom with a capacity for 400 and a business center. Leisure facilities include a health club and two pools.
“Sharjah is unique in character and a buoyant new market for tourism in the UAE,” says Rudi Jagersbacher, president of the Middle East and Africa for Hilton Worldwide. “It offers leisure travelers the opportunity to sample authentic Emirati culture as well as cultural havens such as its many museums and souks. The emirate’s proximity to Dubai means it is strategically close to one of the world’s gateway cities and its growing industrial stature makes it an attractive business tourism destination.”
Hilton Sharjah will join nine existing Hilton properties in the country: Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, Hilton Dubai Creek, Hilton Abu Dhabi, Hilton Baynunah, Hilton Corniche Hotel Apartments, Hilton Al Ain, Hilton Fujairah Resort, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah and Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa. The DoubleTree by Hilton Ras al Khaimah, Conrad Dubai and Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach Residence are also in the development pipeline and due to open this year.
“With a growing number of international visitors Sharjah is poised to develop into a tourism destination catering to cultural, leisure and corporate segments and we’re pleased to join forces with Hilton Worldwide to take the tourism industry here to the next level,” says Khalaf Bin Ahmad Al Otaiba. “The new property will have the best facilities in the market and a prime location; adding the Hilton Hotels and Resorts flag will convert it into a city hot spot recognized by regional and international travelers alike.”
Hilton Worldwide has 44 hotels across 14 countries in the Middle East & Africa with another 31 properties in the pipeline.