Inspired by Sharjah’s unique heritage and culture, the DoubleTree by Hilton Sharjah Waterfront Hotel & Residences by Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) sits comfortably within its environment as a modern interpretation of a classic design inspired by three key elements. For the first element, guests are greeted by a stylised vertical version of a historic banyan tree structure at the entrance. The Rolla tree was once a favourite spot for residents to sit under the dense shade of the branches to wait for the cargo boats arriving at the nearby port. The abstract tree sculptures and contemporary majlis-style seating area replicate these gathering points reminding guests of the welcoming culture of the emirate.

The story continues, with a second element, through a modern interpretation of the Irish style of housing, a traditional palm leaf structure of early UAE homes, through stylised cladding and installations cleverly incorporated into the public space of the lobby area.

The third element is an acknowledgement of the UAE’s ancient art of pearling which is reflected in the luxurious materials used throughout the project and highlighted by a monochrome palette that borrows heavily from the blue shades of the ocean and the cool green shades of the Rolla tree accented by warm desert orange and lustrous pink pearl tones.

Thoughtfully designed seating areas are enclosed by a wall library shelving treatment housing a large collection of contemporary art and books which is extended into the coffee shop with its large communal table and elegant counter detail.

The wellness facilities include a spacious wooden-floor gym as well as a secluded indoor pool leading into a steam room and unique Himalayan Salt Sauna.