Chance to hear more about Las Vegas operator Wynn Resorts as development chief heads to Dubai.
Even if it is more than four years away from opening, Wynn Resort in Ras Al Khaimah has already caused quite a stir. The Las Vegas hospitality giant will open an property on Marjan Island by 2026.
The same day the multi-billion-dollar project was revealed, Ras Al Khaimah’s Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) created a division specifically for the regulation of “integrated resorts in the emirate,” which the upcoming Wynn falls under.
The division will oversee hotel operations, conventions, entertainment, restaurants and lounges, spa, retail and gaming facilities. The new Department of Entertainment and Gaming Regulation will “consider the social, cultural, and environmental landscape of the emirate and cover licensing, taxation, operational procedures, and consumer safeguards,” said RAKTDA.
“The foremost priority of this new division is to create a robust framework that will ensure responsible gaming at all levels” added the statement.
Apart from that, not much else is known about the project or what ‘responsible gaming’ will look like in the UAE. Wynn has declined to speak to Hotelier Middle East about the project and RAKTDA says it is too early to discuss operations in detail.
Wynn’s development chief coming to Dubai
In September 2022, Wynn’s president of development Chris Gordon will fly into Dubai for a panel discussion on ‘Integrated Resorts & Their Impact On The Economy’.
Taking place during the Future Hospitality Summit, he will speak on Wednesday, September 20 at noon until 12.30pm. He will be joined by Marjan CEO Abdulla Al Abdouli and RAK Hospitality Holding CEO Allison Grinnell.
In a statement celebrating its tourism figures for H1 earlier this week, RAKTDA highlighted the announcement of Wynn as a key driver for the emirate’s tourism figures.
Future Hospitality Summit Dubai will run from September 19 to 21 at Madinat Jumeirah.
For more information on FHS in Dubai visit futurehospitalitysummit.com.