First Casino of UAE Opens in 2026

Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts, maker of the first-ever casino in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has chosen ALEC Engineering and Contracting as its main contractor for the development work at Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah.

Marjan Island, in collaboration with RAK Hospitality and Wynn Resorts, made the announcement on Wednesday. ALEC, a subsidiary of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), will supervise the construction of the casino project. Meanwhile, Bauer International will handle the piling and enabling works.

The Wynn-Marjan project, scheduled to launch in 2026, will feature an 18,500-square-meter casino, according to Craig Billings, CEO of Wynn Resorts. The emirate is currently drafting gaming regulations for the casino based on Singaporean and US standards.

According to Arabian Business, Wynn Resorts has reportedly registered trademarks named “Arabian Strip” and “Marjan Strip.”

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Marjan Abdulla Abdooli stated that they are dedicated to meeting the expectations of investors and stakeholders.

The appointment of ALEC and Bauer International will ensure the timely completion of the Wynn Resort, which will further boost Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism market.

World’s Tallest Hotel in Dubai

The world’s tallest hotel, Ciel, will open in the first quarter of 2024 in Dubai, which is known for its skyscrapers and luxurious lodgings. Ciel’s developer, The First Group, announced that the 82-story structure will be its tallest and most difficult project to date.

Rob Burns, CEO of The First Group, expressed excitement at the addition of a skyscraper to Dubai’s skyline. He stated that despite the pandemic, work is progressing quickly, and the tower will be completed in 2024.

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