Forget about just one casino; Dubai is instead building a multi-billion-dollar island inspired by Las Vegas, which will feature properties from the famed MGM, Bellagio, and Aria.


Dubai, you can do better! This is not what we are saying, but it seems to be the morning mantra of the emirate that comes up with a fabulous development nearly daily. The latest is a 10.5-hectare Vegas-inspired island, named ‘The Island’, to be built by real estate developer Wasl for $1.2 billion. The Jumeirah coast will be enlivened by a trio of iconic Las Vegas hotels – MGM, Bellagio, and Aria – featuring a combined total of 1,400 hotel rooms and apartments, as well as shops and restaurants.


Every time one thinks Dubai cannot get more dazzling, a megaproject crops up to prove you wrong. The Island is touted to be the largest construction deal in the Emirate since 2017, per TimeoutDubai. The General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Authority (GCGRA) will oversee operations, ensuring a responsible and well-regulated gaming environment that strictly adheres to guidelines and upholds the highest standards. MGM President and CEO William Hornbuckle said, ‘In Dubai, our partner, Wasl, is under construction on a luxury development, including 1,400 hotel rooms with the MGM Grand, Bellagio, and Aria brands. We currently have a hospitality management deal requiring no capital from us.’

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He added, ‘We believe these are among the best gaming hospitality brands in the world, situated at an optimal location in Dubai. Our existing project could include a world-class gaming component if approved.’ The Island has been under development for several years and is located a hectare project off the coast of Umm Suqeim. The Island will be located near the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and public beach.”

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