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Old November 9th, 2007, 04:46 PM   #1
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#PROJECT: MGM MIRAGE RESORT

LAS VEGAS: Casino operator MGM Mirage Inc. says it will help build a $3 billion (€2 billion) non-gambling hotel resort in Abu Dhabi with that government's development firm, Mubadala Development Co. The property is expected to open in 2012.

The project, planned for 50 acres (20 hectares) on a downtown waterfront site on Abu Dhabi Island, will consist of an MGM Grand hotel and two other MGM branded luxury hotels with more than 1,200 rooms.

It will also feature an arena with up to 12,000 seats, retail shops and restaurants, waterfront residences and private yacht berths, said Gamal Aziz, president of MGM Mirage Hospitality, an MGM Mirage subsidiary.

The arena will likely host regional performers along with Western acts that often appear at MGM Mirage's casino properties in Las Vegas such as headline pop stars and Cirque du Soleil, Aziz said Wednesday.

"When I left Abu Dhabi, they had Justin Timberlake playing at one of the properties there," he said. "They sold 15,000 tickets in less than an hour, so it's a similar dynamic to what we have in the MGM Grand."

MGM Mirage will develop and manage the project for a fee while Mubadala will own it. The property, aimed at the high-end market, will have "unparalleled views of the city skyline" and "stunning panoramic views of the waterfront," the companies said in a release.

The development is the first phase of a three-phase project that could eventually cover 150 acres (61 hectares), Aziz said.

The companies are also planning to develop luxury residential apartments and villas, sales of which would offset construction costs, much like at MGM Mirage's $7.8 billion (€5.3 billion) CityCenter project to open in late 2009 in Las Vegas. Condo sales at CityCenter are expected to cut nearly $3 billion (€2.04 billion) from the cost outlay.

The MGM Grand Abu Dhabi is the first project of MGM Mirage Hospitality, a firm MGM Mirage set up to develop non-gambling hotels and resorts around the world. Aziz said the group is looking for other sites to develop.

It also marks MGM Mirage's first venture into the Muslim world.

Abu Dhabi, the richest of the oil-laden United Arab Emirates, has a large expatriate population and is aiming to transform itself into a global tourist destination.

Alcohol will be served throughout the complex, but some Las Vegas offerings, such as the Crazy Horse Paris topless revue at MGM Grand, will not be part of the plan, Aziz said.

"We will introduce our products and services with complete understanding and respect for the local and the regional culture," he said. "We don't have to enforce or display what's successful in Las Vegas in order for us to succeed."

Demand is high among international visitors to Las Vegas for the mix of luxury hotel rooms, nightlife and entertainment that MGM Mirage plans to offer "in their backyard," Aziz said.

"They will get the experience they will look for — extraordinary entertainment, great spas, a great retail experience, great restaurants and nightclubs," he said.

The property will allow MGM Mirage to expand its database of customers and cross-market them to other properties. Casino players who rack up frequent stays in Las Vegas, however, will not be offered complementary stays in Abu Dhabi, where gambling is illegal.

Analyst Robert LaFleur of Susquehanna Financial Group approved of the project, which he noted will be built "on Mubadala's dime."

"The nature of the deal will allow MGM to continue to grow financially and brand-wise in a very capital-efficient manner," he said in a research note.

MGM Mirage shares were down $1.66, or 1.8 percent, to close at $90.44 Wednesday.

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Old November 10th, 2007, 12:48 AM   #2
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I wonder if it will have a theme park like the one in vegas?
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Gambling finally comes to the UAE. Brilliant.
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Old November 11th, 2007, 07:03 AM   #5
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it says its a NON-GAMBLING resort
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Gambling finally comes to the UAE. Brilliant.

Casino operator MGM Mirage Inc. says it will help build a $3 billion (€2 billion) non-gambling hotel resort in Abu Dhabi with that government's development firm, Mubadala Development Co. The property is expected to open in 2012.
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Old November 11th, 2007, 06:52 PM   #7
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But totally funded by the HARAM GAMBLING BUSINESS in Vegas!
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Old November 12th, 2007, 11:14 AM   #8
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But totally funded by the HARAM GAMBLING BUSINESS in Vegas!
true... it is same case with HSBC (a ribba bank) having an Islamic department (Amanah)...at the end Amanah belongs to HSBC!!!!
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Old November 14th, 2007, 02:29 PM   #9
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they already got alcohol and pork in UAE so gambling isnt too far behind
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malpensa is right, its only a matter of time before gambling comes to the UAE. In order for the UAE to attract wealthy immigrants from abroad, it needs to loosen up its harsh laws. No offense, I'm a Muslim in fact, but the UAE's laws seem backwards in comparison to the West, and if they really want to be a world-class city, they need to be more progressive and welcoming of others. Afterall, in what world-class financial capital is sodomy illegal? Sure you can say "we don't want immorality in our nation," but judging by the rest of the world, you either need to choose between being a moral beacon, or a world-class alpha city - and I think the sheikhs are going to loosen up, and allow people to choose for themselves how they want to live and spend their own money. Thats a good thing, and will ultimately be a great move forward for the Islamic world.
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Who are you to decide what will be a 'great move forward' for the islamic world? What is a greater move than following the teachings of the Prophet (SAS) and the rules set down by Allah. If we change our religion we will just end up like the "P of the B" (not saying who that is, might start a war!)
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The likeliest place in the UAE to see gambling will be on one of the islands of "the World" in Dubai, as they are off shore.
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 12:46 PM   #14
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Who are you to decide what will be a 'great move forward' for the islamic world? What is a greater move than following the teachings of the Prophet (SAS) and the rules set down by Allah. If we change our religion we will just end up like the "P of the B" (not saying who that is, might start a war!)
I'm not making any decision for you, thats the point of my argument really. You should be free to do whatever you please, and think whatever you want as long as no harm is done to others. Why all of a sudden do you need a higher authority to dictate what progress is good or not? Who am I to say its a 'great move forward?' Well, I'm a Muslim, and I don't need to be a Mullah or Emirati to decide that letting people live how they choose to live is a good thing. And I think that finally allowing people to live however they want, without government enforced morality, is a great step forward for the Muslim world, which by and large lacks such choice. Afterall, Abu Dhabi must liberalize itself if it wants to attract and retain the talent and business which is required to turn it into a major world financial center. If Abu Dhabi chooses to go down the strict Sharia path, then no non-Muslim will ever take the city seriously. But luckily, I truly believe that both Dubai and Abu Dhabi will liberalize themselves, because they know that Islamic laws are unappealing to the vast majority of the rich and industrialized world. If Abu Dhabi wants to remain small, then it doesn't matter what others think, but alas, Abu Dhabi is looking to take the spotlight on the WORLD stage, not just the Gulf stage.

All the talk about following the Prophet's lifestyle and such are great rhetoric, but lack any real argument against what I said. I never once suggested that you should start to disobey the Prophet's teachings, what I instead suggest is that your government should not FORCE you to obey the Prophet's teachings. That's a huge difference. I'm a practicing Muslim, and will always remain so, but I dont think that everyone should be forcefully restrained from alcohol or gambling if they choose to gamble and drink. Afterall, "there is no compulsion in religion," so what sense does it make to force people to live an Islamic lifestyle if they don't want to? If you choose to be a Muslim, then live your life as best you can in accordance with Islam. If you choose to be Christian, then you shouldn't be forced to live an gambling-free Islamic life, even if they live in a predominantly Muslim country. Plus, Abu Dhabi already tolerates alcohol, and pork, so why is gambling so repulsive to you? Live you life as an example to inspire others, because if you force your moral codes upon them, they will be repulsed by your beliefs.

But back to the topic, is this simply going to be an entertainment complex without a casino at all? I cant imagine an MGM Grand without a casino in it - the casino is so vital and central to the MGM Grand in Vegas.
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The likeliest place in the UAE to see gambling will be on one of the islands of "the World" in Dubai, as they are off shore.
But aren't they still within the boundaries of Dubai's waters? To be off-shore, I believe that they would have to be outside of Dubai territorial waters, not just disconnected from mainland Dubai.
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Who are you to decide what will be a 'great move forward' for the islamic world? What is a greater move than following the teachings of the Prophet (SAS) and the rules set down by Allah. If we change our religion we will just end up like the "P of the B" (not saying who that is, might start a war!)
i hate to tell you, but there is already a "gods war" with muslims in the middle east, . anyway i hope gambling does come to dubai. it will attract people, and will DEFINATYLEY help with bawadi
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I'm not making any decision for you, thats the point of my argument really. You should be free to do whatever you please, and think whatever you want as long as no harm is done to others. Why all of a sudden do you need a higher authority to dictate what progress is good or not? Who am I to say its a 'great move forward?' Well, I'm a Muslim, and I don't need to be a Mullah or Emirati to decide that letting people live how they choose to live is a good thing. And I think that finally allowing people to live however they want, without government enforced morality, is a great step forward for the Muslim world, which by and large lacks such choice. Afterall, Abu Dhabi must liberalize itself if it wants to attract and retain the talent and business which is required to turn it into a major world financial center. If Abu Dhabi chooses to go down the strict Sharia path, then no non-Muslim will ever take the city seriously. But luckily, I truly believe that both Dubai and Abu Dhabi will liberalize themselves, because they know that Islamic laws are unappealing to the vast majority of the rich and industrialized world. If Abu Dhabi wants to remain small, then it doesn't matter what others think, but alas, Abu Dhabi is looking to take the spotlight on the WORLD stage, not just the Gulf stage.

All the talk about following the Prophet's lifestyle and such are great rhetoric, but lack any real argument against what I said. I never once suggested that you should start to disobey the Prophet's teachings, what I instead suggest is that your government should not FORCE you to obey the Prophet's teachings. That's a huge difference. I'm a practicing Muslim, and will always remain so, but I dont think that everyone should be forcefully restrained from alcohol or gambling if they choose to gamble and drink. Afterall, "there is no compulsion in religion," so what sense does it make to force people to live an Islamic lifestyle if they don't want to? If you choose to be a Muslim, then live your life as best you can in accordance with Islam. If you choose to be Christian, then you shouldn't be forced to live an gambling-free Islamic life, even if they live in a predominantly Muslim country. Plus, Abu Dhabi already tolerates alcohol, and pork, so why is gambling so repulsive to you? Live you life as an example to inspire others, because if you force your moral codes upon them, they will be repulsed by your beliefs.

But back to the topic, is this simply going to be an entertainment complex without a casino at all? I cant imagine an MGM Grand without a casino in it - the casino is so vital and central to the MGM Grand in Vegas.
Well said!!!
I agree with you a 100%

Although I too am not a practicing Moslem... I truly believe Islam should be open to interpretation and interpolation!

The UAE is a shining example of modernity and westernization.

I personally believe people should be free to believe in what ever they wish to. I.e. freedom of religion.

If everything else is allowed (like you stated pork/alcohol)... why NOT gambling?... doesn’t make any sense. Like you said, who cares what a so-called prophet said a 1000years ago... We should not follow what he said should be the social structure and law of the land. Otherwise UAE will loose its all the positive strides its made towards westernization. Be free to worship as you wish behind closed doors!

As a gay Muslim, I further suggest having a Gay Pride Parade as well... to cement UAE's modernization and introduction to the civilized world!

Along with Casinos...I also believe Dubai would be an awesome market for some good (up-scale) strip joints/ strip bars... Then dubai can compete with Vegas!...no??

People should be free to express themselves... if I wish to piss on the Quran... I should have the freedom to do so (I'm NOT advocating that per say - Just making a point - as a sign of protest)... Don't you agree bro?

Well done!.... So glad there are people out there like you... who stand up for the truth & modernity!


Modernize Islam... Change it!

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Well said!!!
I agree with you a 100%

Although I too am not a practicing Moslem... I truly believe Islam should be open to interpretation and interpolation!

The UAE is a shining example of modernity and westernization.

I personally believe people should be free to believe in what ever they wish to. I.e. freedom of religion.

If everything else is allowed (like you stated pork/alcohol)... why NOT gambling?... doesn’t make any sense. Like you said, who cares what a so-called prophet said a 1000years ago... We should not follow what he said should be the social structure and law of the land. Otherwise UAE will loose its all the positive strides its made towards westernization. Be free to worship as you wish behind closed doors!

As a gay Muslim, I further suggest having a Gay Pride Parade as well... to cement UAE's modernization and introduction to the civilized world!

Along with Casinos...I also believe Dubai would be an awesome market for some good (up-scale) strip joints/ strip bars... Then dubai can compete with Vegas!...no??

People should be free to express themselves... if I wish to piss on the Quran... I should have the freedom to do so (I'm NOT advocating that per say - Just making a point - as a sign of protest)... Don't you agree bro?

Well done!.... So glad there are people out there like you... who stand up for the truth & modernity!


Modernize Islam... Change it!
How the hell do you call yourself a Muslim..!!!! May Allah Show you the right path!!!!
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Old November 27th, 2007, 12:43 PM   #19
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Gambling is illegal in UAE ??????

Then what is the Dubai Duty Free Raffle, or the scratchcards you can buy everywhere??? Anybody know the Arabic word for Hypocrisy........

I understand that the reason the Burj Al Arab was built offshore was to allow gambling, but then Sheikh Z told Dubai that this was stretching things too far and they were stopped.

But expect it to be back on the agenda soon!
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Isn't share dealing a form of gambling...and the local TV shots of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi exchanges full of Emiratis having a punt on the various markets!!
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