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No plans to allow gaming in Dubai: Tourism official


A senior Dubai official says there are no current plans to allow gaming in the emirate, unlike its neighbor Ras Al Khaimah, which will be home to the UAE’s first Wynn Resorts-built casino

“As far as I’m concerned, there is no gaming that’s coming around the corner for us,” Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing CEO Issam Kazim said, quoted by Reuters on Wednesday.

Dubai is currently home to Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, a luxury five-star beachfront hotel and resort located on Bluewaters Island. 

Last month, Caesars’ regional president Anthony Costa confirmed to Reuters that the company would examine any opportunity to offer gambling in Dubai. 

MGM Resorts International is also building a luxury resort on the Dubai coast, however in April said that gaming was not part of its planning there. 

Meanwhile, Wynn Resorts’ project in Ras Al Khaimah has been progressing steadily. Earlier this week, it was revealed that HKS Architects have been appointed to develop the concept and design of the planned multi-billion dollar project. HKS is the architect behind the newly opened NUSTAR Resort & Casino in the Philippines, as well as The Venetian Macau and a revamp of Resorts World Sentosa.

Felix Ng
Felix Ng
Felix is the Asia Editor and Events Director of the Asia Gaming Brief. He has over a decade of experience developing conferences for industries including gaming, telecoms, investment, biotechnology, and mining. Felix covers gaming technology and innovation and is passionate about developing engaging and eye-catching content for the industry.