LONDON: Las Vegas hotel operator Wynn Resorts has announced plans to open a multi-billion dollar resort in Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, in 2026.
The sprawling resort will have 1,000 rooms, at least 10 restaurants and a convention center on the artificial island of Al-Marjan, according to a joint announcement by Al-Marjan, Wynn Holdings and RAK Hospitality.
The new resort “will offer a pristine setting with spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf as well as sandy beaches and a marina,” they said.
It will also host a “gaming zone”, according to an announcement from Wynn Holdings and RAK Hospitality.
Wynn Resorts CEO Craig Billings said Al-Marjan Island “is a pristine setting and pristine location ideal for creating unique experiences for the guests that Wynn Resorts is known for.
“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.”
The resort will be developed with “significant” foreign direct investment from Wynn Resorts and is the largest such project in Ras Al-Khaimah’s growing hotel sector.
Wynn Resorts manages luxury hotels and entertainment facilities around the world, some of which have gaming facilities.
Wynn Holdings, Al-Marjan and RAK Hospitality said the resort “will create substantial value for the local economy by accelerating tourism, creating jobs and driving the growth of related sectors”, and will be developed in accordance with the practices of the most rigorous durability.
Separately, the Ras Al-Khaimah Tourism and Development Authority has launched a new gaming department that is committed to ensuring “world best practice in regulating gaming that operates within integrated resorts in various jurisdictions around the world.
Its main priority will be to create a framework for games, according to an announcement, which added that “the regulatory structure will address the entire gaming business in integrated stations, requiring compliance with all laws and applicable regulations (including financial crime laws) of operators, suppliers and employees.
Al-Marjan Island, just 15 minutes from Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport, is already a top tourist destination.
It offers almost 8 km of sparkling beaches, 23 km of seafront and a host of world-class hotels and residential developments.