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UAE’s First Gaming Resort to Cost $3.9 Billion Open in 2027

Wynn, the US casino operator, has disclosed fresh details about the construction of the UAE’s inaugural gaming resort, which is expected to cost $3.9 billion and be operational in four years’ time.

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

While gambling is generally forbidden by Islamic laws in the wealthy Gulf state, Ras Al-Khaimah’s tourism development authority revealed plans last year to create a new regulatory body that would oversee “integrated resorts,” including those with gaming amenities.

In a statement released on Thursday, Wynn Resorts announced that preliminary building activities have commenced on Wynn Al Marjan Island, which will be situated on a man-made peninsula filled with hotels.

Wynn has revised the opening date of the resort to early 2027, which will consist of 1,500 rooms, 24 dining and lounge venues, spa amenities, “high-end” shops, and nightly laser and light shows.

The site, located approximately an hour’s drive from Dubai’s business center, features an artist’s rendering of a brown-gold skyscraper overlooking a beachfront and circular marina, as well as a lavishly furnished lobby.

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