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Dubai – Dubai Department of Tourism rules out casino gaming

By - 24 April 2018

The entrance of Las Vegas gambling giant Caesars Entertainment as a hotelier in Dubai will not see any push for the emirate to introduce casino gaming any time soon.

Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing Chief Executive Issam Kazim confirmed there was no desire for casinos at present.

Caesars will open two hotels at Dubai’s $2.1bn Bluewaters Island development but Mr. Kazim said they were more focussed on a themed ‘destination and experience’ rather ‘than about casinos.’

Whilst gambling is forbidden under Islamic law, a host of Muslim countries allow casinos including Egypt, Tunisia and Malaysia.

Dubai is hoping to attract 20m visitors a year by 2020 and has recently started issuing a visa-on arrival system for visitors from China and Russia, countries that are both famed for their fondness for gambling.

In late 2018, Bluewaters Island is expected to become home to Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Bluewaters Dubai — both of which will represent Caesars Entertainment’s first non-gaming resorts.

Situated along the beachfront on a man-made island, these two resort hotels will include 479 5-star rooms. A variety of modern amenities will be a part of the experience including a beach club, Caesars Beach Club Bluewaters Dubai, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa with a dedicated wellness center and space for meetings and conventions.

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