Dubai: No Casinos Yet As Caesars Palace Opens This Year
With Caesars Palace due to open in Dubai later this year and The Bellagio along with The MGM Grand now set to open hotels in Dubai speculation had grown that further down the line Casinos in the Emirates would be a possibility.
In a recent interview with the emirate’s moth senior tourism official, Issam Kazim, chief executive of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing who is charged with attracting 20 million tourists a year to Dubai by 2020 has said that the emirates had no plans to allow casinos even though three of the worlds largest casino operators were opening hotels there.
“No [there is not a desire for casinos] … We need to bear in mind that there are cultural things that are a priority to us,” Kazim said.
On discussing Caesars Palace the chief executive said, “I believe that the idea of Caesars Palace is to bring the theme that revolves around that, with the historical Roman elements, more than anything else,” he said, adding, “It’s about creating that sort of a destination and experience, more than about the casinos.”
However many observers believe it could be a matter of time when Dubai at least allows for foreign only tourists to gamble in casinos there. The issue of a Muslim state allowing gambling is nothing new already Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Malaysia allow gambling.
One gaming consultant who did not want to be named said, “three of the worlds largest casino operators who also run hotels all plan for resorts in Dubai, they must have an eye on the future and the possibility of casinos being allowed. Imagine the revenues that would bring in both for the state in taxes and for the operators.”