UAE’s first gaming resort to cost USD3.9B, opening in 2027

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The United Arab Emirates’ first-ever gaming resort will open in 2027 and cost USD3.9 billion to build, according to US casino operator Wynn.

The resort developed in Ras Al-Khaimah, one of the UAE’s seven emirates, will feature “exceptional entertainment and gaming amenities”, said Wynn Resorts on their website.

Gambling is prohibited under Islamic laws in the oil-rich Gulf state. However, Ras Al-Khaimah’s tourism development authority in 2022 announced a new body to regulate “integrated resorts” which included gaming facilities.

Preliminary construction has begun on Wynn Al Marjan Island, set on a man-made and hotel-studded promontory.

The resort comes with 1,500 rooms, 24 dining and lounge areas, spa facilities, high-end shopping, and nightly laser light shows.

“We have spent the past meticulously programming and concepting Wynn Al Marjan Island, carefully considering its unique location,” Wynn Resorts CEO Craig Billings said.

Wynn operates casinos in Las Vegas, Boston, and in Macau as well.

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