Wynn aligns with Marjan for United Arab Emirates integrated resort

A plan to develop a multibillion dollar integrated resort on the man-made Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, has been rolled-out by Wynn Resorts and Marjan.

The planned destination, which will be developed “with significant foreign direct investment by Wynn,” will feature a hotel with more than 1,000 rooms, shopping, meeting and convention facility, exclusive spa, more than 10 restaurants and lounges, entertainment choices, a gaming area, and other amenities

Lauded as “the largest project of its kind in the Emirate’s growing hospitality sector,” the IR, which is set to be completed by 2026, aims to drive value to the local economy by accelerating tourism, creating jobs, and energising the growth of related sectors.

The resort is in the initial stages of design and development and will be applying for an integrated resort licence from Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.

Craig Billings, CEO of Wynn Resorts, commented: “Al Marjan Island is a pristine setting and an ideal greenfield location for us to create the one-of-a-kind guest experiences for which Wynn Resorts is renowned.  

“The region offers tremendous potential for the hospitality and tourism industry, and we are excited about the prospect of developing an integrated resort in Ras Al Khaimah.”

Al Marjan, which comprises four islands, spans an area of 2.7 million square metres of reclaimed land extending into the Arabian Gulf, is poised to house a facility that spans 250,000 square metres.

The represents the first beach resort being developed by Wynn Resorts globally, and will be situated 15 minutes from the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and 45 minutes from the Dubai International Airport.

Eng Abdulla Al Abdooli, CEO of Marjan, explained: “The integrated development, featuring a world-class hotel, entertainment and gaming amenities, will add to the Emirate’s destination strategy to attract tourists from across the world. 

“We are partnering with Wynn Resorts, one of the world’s most renowned integrated resort companies, which has a strong track record of developing luxury destinations with exceptional accommodation, dining, entertainment concepts and gaming facilities. 

“By leveraging Wynn Resorts’ expertise in developing luxury hospitality destinations, the new development will raise the benchmark in luxury hospitality in the region. 

“It will also create exceptional value to the Ras Al Khaimah economy and boost the leisure, business, and MICE tourism sectors.”