The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to get its first gaming resort, a $3.9 billion project that is expected to open in 2027. The resort will be built in Ras Al-Khaimah, one of the UAE’s seven emirates, and will feature a casino, hotel, spa, restaurants, and shops.
The resort is being developed by Wynn Resorts, a Las Vegas-based casino operator. Wynn Resorts has a number of other resorts around the world, including Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn Macau, and Wynn Boston Harbor.
The UAE is a conservative Muslim country, and gambling is generally prohibited under Islamic law. However, the UAE government has been loosening its restrictions on gambling in recent years. In 2021, the government allowed for the establishment of integrated resorts, which can include casinos.
The Wynn Al Marjan Island resort is expected to be a major tourist attraction for the UAE. The resort will be located on a man-made island off the coast of Ras Al-Khaimah, and will offer stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.
One of the key features of the gaming resort will be its emphasis on esports. Esports, or competitive video gaming, has exploded in popularity in recent years, with millions of fans tuning in to watch professional gamers compete in tournaments around the world. The gaming resort in the UAE aims to tap into this growing trend by providing state-of-the-art esports facilities and hosting major esports tournaments.
The resort will have 1,500 rooms and suites, as well as a casino, spa, restaurants, and shops. The casino will feature a variety of games, including slots, table games, and a sportsbook.
The resort will also have a number of other amenities, including a golf course, a beach club, and a water park. The resort is expected to create thousands of jobs and boost the local economy.
The opening of the Wynn Al Marjan Island resort is a sign of the UAE’s growing tourism industry. The country is already a popular destination for business travelers, and the new resort is expected to attract more leisure travelers from around the world.