DUBAI: A new beachfront entertainment destination located at Jumeirah beach in Dubai, featuring MGM and Bellagio hotels, was launched today by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group, and director- general of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai KhalifaSaeed Suleiman, said a Wam news agency report.
wasl Hospitality and Leisure, a subsidiary of Wasl Asset Management Group, is in charge of developing the project and has selected MGM Hospitality to advise on the development of a premier destination resort in Dubai and to operate the resort when completed.
Sheikh Mohammed praised the development of the project and highlighted the key components of tourism industry of the UAE, which is considered as key contributor of economic diversification.
Hesham Al Qassim, chief executive officer of wasl Asset Management, and Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM Resorts International, jointly briefed Sheikh Mohammed about the different component of the resort that will contain two million square feet of built-up space, including an MGM Hotel, MGM-branded residences and a Bellagio-branded hotel containing a total of 1,000 rooms and 10 villas.
There will also be a 500,000-sq-ft theatre, a range of restaurants, museums, a major beach club and adventure zones for both adults and children at the resort that will come up near the near Burj Al Arab hotel.
The site will “occupy the longest stretch of waterfront ever developed in Dubai” along the Jumeirah Beach front.
Work is set to start on the project in the third quarter of 2017 and will take four years to complete.