No plan to allow gambling in Dubai: tourism official

A senior Dubai official said there are no current plans to allow gambling in the emirate, unlike neighboring Ras Al Khaimah, which will house the first casino built by Wynn Resorts in the UAE.

“As far as I’m concerned, there’s no game ahead of us,” Issam Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, was quoted by Reuters on Wednesday as saying.

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

Last month, the regional president of Caesars Antoine Costa confirmed to Reuters that the company would consider any opportunity to offer gambling in Dubai.

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

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

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