Wynn Resorts to Build UAE Resort with Gaming Area

- 26 January 2022 22:10 WIB
The Wynn resort in UAE will open in 2026. (Unsplash/Carl Raw)
The Wynn resort in UAE will open in 2026. (Unsplash/Carl Raw)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Wynn Resorts (WYNN.O), a hotel and casino operator, announced on Tuesday that it would create a luxury resort in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, featuring a "gaming area," potentially clearing the way for gambling to be legalized in the Gulf state.

The Wynn resort will open in 2026, according to Ras Al Khaimah authorities and Wynn. It will be built on Al Marjan, a man-made island off Ras Al Khaimah's coast. Wynn did not say whether gambling would be included since gambling is banned in Islam and in all of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

"The integrated development, featuring a world-class hotel, entertainment and gaming amenities, will add to the emirate's destination strategy to attract tourists from across the world," said Abdulla al-Abdooli, chief executive of Marjan, the master-developer of freehold property in Ras Al Khaimah. Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) in a statement, Reuters reported on Tuesday (January 25, 2022)

Dubai, traditionally the most liberal emirate in the UAE, in April denied rumors it was granting gambling licenses. Casino and hotel operator Caesars (CZR.O) in 2018 opened a resort on Dubai's Bluewaters Island, its first non-gambling project.

Dubai, the UAE's most open state compared to its neighbors, denied rumors that it was granting gambling licenses in April. Caesars (CZR.O), a casino and hotel company, started a non-gaming resort on Dubai's Bluewaters Island in 2018.

Three luxurious Las Vegas brand hotels from casino operator MGM Resorts are being built in The Island, a man-made island in Dubai, and are scheduled to open in 2022

Editor: M. A. Wahad

Source: Reuters


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