Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed an agreement with the deputy ruler of the emirate of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salem Al Qassimi, to manage its first hotel in Sharjah in the UAE. The new Sheraton Sharjah will open beginning of 2013, marking the debut of Starwood in the emirate. “With the new commitment to tourism developed by the government, Sharjah is set to become a major travel destination in the region, offering culture and tradition as well as sunshine, beaches and shopping,” added Roeland Vos, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa, Middle East (EAME). Starwood currently operates 20 hotels in the United Arab Emirates represented by six of its nine distinct and compelling brands. The company has plans to expand its portfolio with ten new hotels in the country scheduled to open over the next few years. Located on Al Muntazah Beach in the north of the emirate, Sheraton Sharjah will offer 343 ocean front rooms including 48 suites. The hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a seafood restaurant, a Persian speciality restaurant, and a pool/beach grill on a private beach.