Shurooq appoints operator for four Sharjah hotels
Mantis will manage Phase 1 of the Sharjah Collection portfolio, which comprises Kingfisher Lodge, Al Badayer Oasis, Bait Khalid bin Ibrahim, and Fossil Rock Lodge
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) announced that Mantis Collection will be managing all hospitality properties under its Sharjah Collection brand.
Shurooq revealed in a statement that the appointment of Mantis, which owns boutique hotels in different parts of the globe, was made official with the signing of a joint venture agreement at the 38th World Travel Market (WTM) London.
The first phase of the Sharjah Collection portfolio comprises four key developments: Kingfisher Lodge in Kalba, Al Badayer Oasis at the Al Badayer desert, Bait Khalid bin Ibrahim in the Heart of Sharjah, and the Fossil Rock Lodge, part of the Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism project.
According to the authority, its partnership with Mantis reflects a shared commitment to “the spirit of conservation and the preservation of local culture and heritage”.
Shurooq said that it is expecting its Sharjah Collection properties to help boost the quality of hospitality options in the emirate.
HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, chief executive officer of Shurooq, commented: “The Sharjah Collection is one of the newest hospitality enterprises in the UAE and the region, and in its first phase of development, is bringing to life four luxury boutiques and eco lodges.
“The number of projects under our portfolio will gradually increase, and our scope will expand.”
Commenting on the appointment of Mantis, he continued: “Mantis has in-depth expertise in managing eco-tourism facilities and boutique hotels. Its worldwide network of diverse handpicked properties [...] was why we chose to partner with them.”
Meanwhile, Adrian Gardiner, chairman of Mantis, added: “When Shurooq launched the Sharjah Collection hospitality brand at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai last April, we recognised the importance of the role [it plays] in developing the tourism sector in the emirate.
“Our agreement with Shurooq’s expansion is yet another important project in our portfolio of international ventures. Our strategy for managing the Sharjah Collection will draw from Sharjah’s unique culture and heritage and incorporate their high quality of service.”
World Travel Market London ran from 6 to 8 November, 2017, in the UK.