The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a Muslim country and almost everything there, from attire to lifestyle, has to comply with the teachings of Islam. Some of the things that were prohibited included premarital sex, alcohol drinking, and gambling.
Despite gambling being illegal, the culture did not just disappear due to our human nature. Surprisingly, it is now a multimillion-dollar industry in the Middle East, both through the net and physical high-end casinos.
Although there has yet to be a casino in the Muslim country, it appears that they are relaxing their laws now, similar to how they revised their laws on alcohol drinking and premarital cohabitation about 2 years ago.
Despite being a religious country that upholds Islamic teachings, the country has seemingly become more lenient with its laws.
The recent announcement of the UAE accepting a multibillion-dollar deal with one of the biggest casino companies from the United States of America, Wynn Resorts had shocked the Muslim community all around the world.
According to Aljazeera, the Nevada-based casino will be opening a luxurious resort that is expected to be done by 2026. It is said that the resort will house a thousand rooms and 10 restaurants along with a “gaming area”.
The resort will comprise almost everything you can think of – from spas to convenient marts and even a convention centre.
The resort will be located on Al Marjan, a man-made island off the coast of Ras al-Khaimah. According to Craig Billings, the Chief Executive of Wynn Resorts, they see huge potential in Ras al-Khaimah making it big in the tourism industry, hence the chosen spot.
In addition, the UAE’s Tourism Development Authority has introduced a new division called the Department of Entertainment and Gaming Regulation, which has everyone questioning whether the entertainment regulations in the country will be loosened up.
However, Ras al-Khaimah’s government communications office has yet to announce the legality of gambling in the country.
Nonetheless, sealing the deal with Wynn Resorts with an alleged casino is sure a bold move by UAE.
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