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The UAE has just announced the creation of a new government entity – The General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Authority (GCGRA). The authority will introduce a regulatory framework for national lottery and commercial gaming.

The announcement was shared by the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Sunday, September 3.

According to the news agency, globally respected regulator Kevin Mullally has been appointed as CEO bringing over 30 years of experience in national and international gaming regulation.

Speaking on his appointment, Mullally stated, “I am delighted to have been appointed as the inaugural CEO of the GCGRA. With my experienced colleagues, I look forward to establishing a robust regulatory body and framework for the UAE’s lottery and gaming industry.”

The GCGRA is backed by a team of internationally credentialed leaders who have a deep understanding of the best global practices in regulating and maintaining an effective, safe, and responsible gaming industry.

WAM stated that the team will be responsible for creating a ‘well-regulated gaming environment ensuring that all participants adhere to strict guidelines and comply with the highest standards.’

Back in 2023, we announced that Ras Al Khaimah will soon be home to the Las Vegas’ famed Wynn Resorts on Marjan Island. The resort is set to open in early 2027

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The arrival of Las Vegas’ famed Wynn Resorts on Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah has been a much discussed hotel opening in the region. It will be the brand’s first property the Middle East when it opens in early 2027.

The multi-billion dollar integrated resort – the brand’s first beachfront property, will overlook the shimmering waters of the Arabian Gulf and will be home to 1,500 rooms, some 24 dining and lounge experiences, and extensive entertainment choices including a commercial gaming centre.

The resort’s eye-watering estimated cost is USD3.9 billion (Dhs14.32 billion). Construction work has already begun ahead of the hotel’s 2027 opening.

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