Arabian Strip

‘Arabian Strip’ to be built in the UAE

Ras Al Khaimah promises to build a new ‘Arabian Strip’ in the style of Las Vegas – it will become home to branded hotels and casinos. Developer Wynn Resorts has registered the Arabian Strip and Marjan Strip trademarks for this purpose.

In Las Vegas, the 6.8-kilometre-long block, which is home to major hotels, casinos and resorts, already fulfils this function. It is also renowned for its modern architecture and attractions.

The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is currently updating its legal framework and writing gambling laws, taking as a model the rules in force in Singapore and the USA.

The Wynn Marjan Hotel, due to open in Ras Al Khaimah in 2026, will be home to a casino of around 18,500 square metres. It will be one of the 10 largest casino hotels in the world.

As previously reported, the new complex on Al Marjan Island will have 1,000 hotel rooms, with at least 10 restaurants and lounges, a large conference centre, and shopping and spa centres.

Especially for the construction of the new resort, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has set up a new department to regulate the “gaming establishments”, which will deal with licensing, taxation, operations and consumer protection.

Issam Kazim, head of the local Tourism and Commerce Marketing Corporation, had earlier announced that Dubai had no plans to allow gambling in its territory for the time being.

The announcement came amid rumours that a casino could open at the five-star Caesars Palace resort, which has been operating in Dubai since 2018. Caesars Palace Hotel in Dubai is the only US-based Caesars Entertainment resort in the world without a casino.

Source: Arabian Business

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