The developers of the UAE’s first casino resort have given a first look and a new name for the game-changing multi-billion-dollar property.
Wynn Resorts has announced the highly anticipated resort coming to Ras Al Khaimah will be called Wynn Al Marjan Island.
The global hospitality giant also unveiled the design vision of its first-ever beachfront resort, which is inspired by the tranquil seascape of Al Marjan Island, a group of four islands.
UAE Casino resort Wynn Al Marjan Island
The resort is being developed with local partners Marjan LLC, and RAK Hospitality Holding.
Set in a pristine setting overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Wynn Al Marjan Island rises 305m above the sea, welcoming visitors to a premium luxury experience, including entertainment and gaming amenities.
For its first project in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, the US-listed developer and luxury resort operator will create a serene and stylish setting that takes inspiration from the sea views and brings the warm, relaxed ocean setting into its modern world-class hotel.
With an estimated project cost of approximately $3.9bn, the iconic silhouette of Wynn Al Marjan Island will transform and accelerate the Emirate’s rise as a major global tourist destination, while also creating substantial value to its economy through tourism and job creation.
The project will pave the way for the accelerated growth of allied business sectors. Foundation construction work began onsite earlier this year.
The brand’s signature design will be reflected in its approximately 1,500 rooms, suites and villas.
Visitors can look forward to a wide array of entertainment options, a gaming area, 24 dining and lounge experiences, innovative spa and wellness experiences, a high-end shopping esplanade, a state-of-the-art events centre, a theatre hosting a unique production show, and other amenities.
Designed for both longer visits and day trips from neighboring emirates, the resort will offer abundant and layered experiences including nightly state-of-the-art laser and light shows.
The design of Wynn Al Marjan Island takes its inspiration both from the natural landscape surrounding the resort and the leading design aesthetic of Wynn Resorts.
The same geometric configuration of the curved shape of the beach on the island is echoed through the podium structure, similar to a great opera house, creating majestic views of the beach, sea and the horizon.
Every diner in the abundant restaurant offerings lining the beach-facing promenade at Wynn Al Marjan Island will enjoy sweeping views of the sea.
Craig Billings, CEO of Wynn Resorts, said: “We have spent the past year meticulously programming and concepting Wynn Al Marjan Island, carefully considering its unique location. I am incredibly proud of our design and development team’s ability to impart our legacy of rich, thoughtful design into a sun-soaked beachside resort that will delight customers, new and old.
“We look forward to opening Wynn Al Marjan Island in early 2027.”
The UAE’s first casino, at Wynn Resorts planned 2027 hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, will be a gamechanger for tourism in the emirate, says Colliers International.
Earlier this year the investment management specialists published a report on the future of tourism in Ras Al Khaimah and says Wynn Al Marjan Island Resort could bring 5.5m tourists to RAK by 2030, smashing the target number of 3m.