Gambling enthusiasts in Dubai have to wait some more, as an official claimed that there won’t be any gambling for them anytime soon.
The US casino operator Wynn Resorts announced this January that it would integrate a resort valued at $2 billion in the United Arab Emirates, on Al-Marjan Island, which would be a first for the region. Ras Al Khaimah, one of the United Arab Emirates’ seven emirates, announced that Al-Marjan Island would license the activity of the resort. This lead to speculations that Dubai will also allow gambling, following the example of its neighbour emirate.
However, an official has made it clear recently that it won’t be the case. The Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing CEO Issam Kazim claimed that “as far as he’s concerned”, there won’t be any gambling happening anytime soon.
This claim was a huge disappointment for all casino operators, as Dubai has proven its capacity to surpass some other major cities when it came to tourism. Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stated that the Vice President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai has managed to “create a hub for business, investment, entrepreneurship and tourism that rivals the world’s best.”
Dubai was the fourth most visited city in the world before the pandemic, hosting 16.73 milliona toursits in 2019, and now aspires to get on the first spot, so casino operators are looking forward to starting their activity in this city. However, in Dubai there are stricter Islamic rules than in other regions of the Middle East, so gambling is not an option yet.
Gambling enthusiasts still hope they will be able to enjoy at least some casino products in the future, but for now they definitely shouldn’t have high hopes.