Anantara announces new-build address in Sharjah

Owned and under development by Arada, Anantara Sharjah Resort and Anantara Sharjah Residences are set to open in late 2027

Minor Hotels, an international hotel owner, operator and investor with more than 540 hotels in 56 countries in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and the Americas, has announced a strategic addition to its pipeline in the UAE – a new resort and residences in Sharjah.

Positioned along the picturesque coastline of the Arabian Gulf and just a 30-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, the Anantara Sharjah Resort and Anantara Sharjah Residences are set to open in late 2027.

Owned and being developed by Arada, the new-build resort and residence complex is located on the north-eastern edge of Sharjah’s Al Heerah Beach, a popular tourist destination with 3.5 kilometres of beachfront. With striking architecture, including a signature gateway designed to show the path of the sun, the property will feature 110 generously-sized guest rooms and suites, ranging from 45 to 120 square metres, with expansive penthouse suites finished in luxury materials on higher floors. 

In response to the burgeoning demand for branded residences, the development will also include 128 one- to four-bedroom residential units for sale, the four-bedroom penthouses complete with rooftop pools, and all with private balconies and furnishings marked by high-end design, signature touches and finishes in line with the Anantara brand.

In addition to enjoying a sandy beach, guests will be able to find solace in the expansive infinity pool, rejuvenate at the Anantara Spa, and charge up their fitness routine at the state-of-the-art gym. The property’s collection of five distinctive restaurants will include a café lounge situated in a soaring atrium lobby, a laid-back poolside eatery, an al fresco beachfront dining venue, pan Asian fine dining at Anantara’s signature Mekong restaurant, and a specialty restaurant focused on local flavours. For business gatherings, the property will offer a flexible 400-square-metre meeting space, as well as outdoor venues for memorable social celebrations.

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels and Group CEO of parent company Minor International, said: “In recent years, Sharjah has blossomed into a cultural hub, drawing both vacationers and business visitors with its coastal charm and making it an optimal destination for our latest venture in the Middle East. The expansion of the luxury Anantara brand into Sharjah is an opportunity to deliver our unmatched lifestyle offerings to a new audience. We look forward to working with Arada to bring this new resort and residences to market and ensuring its leadership position as one of Sharjah’s finest addresses.”

The upcoming Anantara Sharjah Resort will join launched in the UAE this year – Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Anantara Santorini Abu Dhabi Retreat – bringing the total in the country to ten, in addition to two resorts in Oman and one in Qatar.