Comes as no surprise that Dubai is set to continue redefining its style and standards as the city gears up for its 52nd national year. But what if we told you this year, another island is coming on board the stunning blue coastline of Dubai?
Yes! In a groundbreaking move set to new standards, The Island, a megaproject off the coast of Jumeirah, is gearing up for a spectacular transformation. Dubai is set to bring the Vegas-style glamour with glimmering streets, iconic hotels, and ultra-luxurious living standards!
First unveiled in 2017, The Island has been relatively quiet on the news front, leaving many to wonder about it?
So, here are some answers - Recent developments have reignited the excitement, as Wasl, the visionary developer, has inked a colossal contract with China State Construction Engineering Corporation to build this project. It is set to be valued at an estimated USD 1.2 billion (AED 4.4 billion). This mega deal marks the largest construction contract awarded in Dubai since 2017.
The Island's grandeur was first envisioned to be a hotel and entertainment haven operated by MGM, a plan that is now taking tangible shape. According to details revealed by Bill Hornbuckle, MGM's President and CEO, in a recent earnings call on November 8, 2023, the island is officially under construction. Brace yourselves for the allure of 1,400 opulent hotel rooms, each bearing the unmistakable stamp of MGM Grand, Bellagio, and Aria – names synonymous with luxury and entertainment in the Las Vegas scene.
Let's take a closer look at what each of these iconic brands brings to The Island:
1. MGM Grand: A legendary venue renowned for star-studded events, celebrity appearances, and hedonistic pool parties.
2. Bellagio: Transporting the charm of the Mediterranean to Dubai, Bellagio offers a permanent Cirque du Soleil aqua show and a mesmerising choreographed fountain spectacle.
3. Aria: The epitome of luxury, Aria caters to discerning foodies with its array of high-end restaurants, including culinary gems like Catch, Jean-Georges Steakhouse, and Carbone.
Amidst the buzz surrounding The Island, one burning question remains: Will there be a casino?
While the answer remains elusive for now, it's worth noting that Ras Al Khaimah's Wynn Resort, scheduled to open in 2027, has confirmed plans for a casino. The UAE's recent announcement of establishing The General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Authority (GCGRA) suggests a potential shift in the gaming landscape. MGM's Hornbuckle hinted at this prospect, expressing keen interest in introducing a world-class gaming component to The Island if approved.
As Dubai eagerly awaits the unveiling of this Vegas-inspired jewel, The Island's transformation promises to be a game-changer, blending the extravagance of Las Vegas with the opulence of Dubai's landscape.
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