Last: Game ‘just one element’ of new RAK mega complex, developer says
Ras Al Khaimah will open a multi-billion dollar resort on Marjan Island with Las Vegas hotel operator Wynn Resorts.
The development is expected to open in 2026 and will have 1,000 rooms, at least 10 restaurants and a large convention center.
The complex will also include a “playground”, according to a statement announcing the opening. Wynn is best known for its casino hotels in Las Vegas, Boston and Macau.
Tourism chiefs have formed a new division to regulate “integrated resorts” and ensure “responsible gambling at all levels” in the emirate. The Wynn Hotel will be one of these integrated resorts.
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism and Development Authority (RAKTDA) said the “Entertainment and Gaming Regulatory Department” will oversee “hotel operations, convention spaces, entertainment, restaurants and lounges, spas, shops and play facilities” in these complexes.
“The Entertainment and Gaming Regulatory Department within RAKTDA will review the social, cultural and environmental landscape of the emirate and cover licensing, taxation, operational procedures and consumer guarantees,” he said. declared.
“The top priority of this new division is to create a strong framework that will ensure… that the regulatory structure will address the entire gaming business at integrated resorts, requiring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. [including financial crime laws] operators, suppliers and employees.
Marjan Island is a development of four reclaimed islands with over 7.8 kilometers of pristine beaches and 23 km of beachfront, in addition to world class hotels and residential developments.
With 1,000 rooms, the Wynn hotel is said to be the third largest in the country, after Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis with 1,600 rooms and Atlantis The Palm with around 1,500.
“Al Marjan Island is a pristine setting and pristine location ideal for creating the unique guest experiences that Wynn Resorts is known for,” said Craig Billings, General Manager of Wynn Resorts.
“The region offers enormous potential for the hospitality and tourism industry, and we are excited about the prospect of developing an integrated resort in Ras Al Khaimah.”
Marjan, meanwhile, said that “gambling is a responsible form of entertainment and leisure tourism that takes community, cultural and social norms into consideration.” However, he did not define what the game meant.
“Gaming is just one of many elements of the complex, which will also include a hotel with more than 1,000 rooms, a high-end shopping center, a state-of-the-art meeting and convention center, an exclusive spa, more than 10 restaurants and lounges, a wide range of entertainment choices and other amenities,” a representative for Marjan said.
It remains to be seen on which of the four islands the hotel will be built.
“The integrated development, including a world-class hotel, entertainment and gaming facilities, will add to the emirate’s destination strategy to attract tourists from around the world,” said Abdulla Al Abdooli, Managing Director of Marjan.
“We are partnering with Wynn Resorts, one of the world’s most renowned integrated resort companies, which has a strong track record in developing luxury destinations with accommodations, restaurants, entertainment concepts and gaming facilities. exceptional.”
The new station is in the early stages of design and development and an integrated station license will be requested from RAKTDA.
Updated: January 26, 2022, 8:25 a.m.