Wynn plans to build the Ras el Khaïmah Casino in 2026
United Arab Emirates | Casino titan Wynn plans to launch 1,000-room resort in Ras Al Khaimah, marking introduction of legal ‘gaming’ US casino maker Wynn Resorts has spotted an unexplored market, and one that ever authorized gambling: the United Arab Emirates.
The casino mogul, with his roots in Nevada, on Tuesday disclosed a multibillion-dollar pact with the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, paving the way for a 1,000-room luxury hotel, equipped 10 restaurants and lounges, a spa, a conference center, shops and a space dedicated to gaming.
The announcement was accompanied by a statement from the Ras al-Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, introducing a new branch, named the Entertainment and Gaming Regulatory Department, which will oversee “integrated resorts” including hotel operations , entertainment areas, restaurants, spas, retail stores, convention spaces and “casino games “.
The term “gambling” is often used as a synonym for gambling in the context of hospitality and leisure spaces, although clarity is lacking as to whether this explicitly means real money betting. RAKTDA was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.
“The recently revealed integrated complex is still in the initial design phase and is expected to be completed by 2026,” announced Marjan, the Ras al-Khaimah developer involved in the deal, as reported by the Associated Press. “These are all the details that can be provided at this stage.”
The United Arab Emirates, known for its opulent skyscrapers, mega-malls and rolling deserts, has often been compared to Las Vegas, except for a few major discrepancies, the most notable being that the official religion of the Arab sheik is Islam, which prohibits gambling.
Although drinking alcohol and wearing bikinis on the beach is permitted in much of the country, setting it apart from many Middle Eastern neighbors as a hub for expats welcoming foreigners, gambling has not found its place – even with the construction of Caesars Palace in Dubai.
If Tuesday’s statement by the Ras al-Khaimah Tourism Development Authority does indeed identify gambling as including gambling , it would be crucial for the emirate and the country as a whole. The move would mark another step in a series of long and rapid liberalizing reforms, aimed at diversifying the UAE’s traditionally oil-based economy and competing with its neighbors and the rest of the world for tourism, investment and attraction. of foreign talent.
“The region is full of enormous potential for the hospitality and tourism industry, and we are excited about the prospect of developing an integrated resort in Ras Al Khaimah,” new Wynn Resorts CEO Craig Billings said in a statement. statement, describing the island of Al Marjan, where the complex will be erected, as “a blank slate and an ideal location”.
Although gambling is prohibited, many Emiratis indulge in numerous online games using VPNs, online players enjoy various casino table games depending on their personal preferences and skill level. ‘experience. Here are some table games popular among Emiratis:
- Poker : Poker tables attract a large number of online players. Variations like Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and Stud are particularly popular.
- Blackjack : Blackjack is one of the most popular table games online thanks to its simple rules and strategic aspect.
- Roulette : With its various versions (European, American, and French), roulette continues to be a favorite choice among online players.
- Baccarat : Baccarat attracts players who enjoy games of chance with a touch of elegance.
- Craps : Although more complicated than other games, Craps has its own loyal online following.
- Sic Bo : This Asian dice game is growing in popularity at online casinos, providing an exciting alternative to other table games.
- Live Dealer Games : Live dealer games, where a real dealer hosts the game on video, offer an immersive experience that reproduces the atmosphere of a land-based casino. They are available for several of the games mentioned above.
Online players are also attracted by promotional offers, bonuses, and the opportunity to play tournaments which can increase the appeal of these table games. Modern technologies and continued innovation in the online gaming industry are also helping to make these table games more attractive and accessible.