Dubai has established itself as a destination for luxury and extravagance, with world-class hotels, high-end shopping, and record-breaking attractions. Now, the city is potentially adding another attraction to its repertoire: casinos. According to recent reports, gambling in Dubai could be allowed "any day," as stated by MGM Resorts International CEO Bill Hornbuckle. This development, coupled with Dubai's previous experience hosting world-class boxing events and the UFC, has raised an important question: can the UAE become the fight capital of the world?
The addition of casinos to Dubai's offerings could potentially establish the city as a new market for sports tourism, particularly in the realm of fighting events. Casinos are known to draw large crowds to fight events, as seen in Las Vegas. If gambling is indeed allowed in Dubai, this could lead to a significant boost for the city's tourism industry which is already showing remarkable growth according to latest trip adviser reports.
Dubai's 2040 plans, which include the development of the city's entertainment and tourism sectors, could further contribute to establishing the UAE as a fight capital. By focusing on creating a sustainable and diversified economy, improving the quality of life, and creating a competitive and future-ready city, Dubai is well on its way to becoming a leading destination for international events.
The potential legalization of gambling in Dubai has sparked a debate about whether or not it aligns with the country's cultural and religious values. However, if executed properly, the addition of casinos could be a win-win situation for both the city and the country creating more and more jobs and supporting the overall growth of population the city’s leadership is thriving for.