Dubai is a progressive city. You will find the most modern buildings, the most luxurious hotels and the most beautiful restaurants, but you will not find any casinos today. The question is whether this will ever change. If gambling is legalized in Dubai, chances are that the city will quickly develop into a real casino city. However, many people doubt whether this will happen. Similarly Issam Kazim, the head of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
Kazim: Dubai will not be a gambling city
According to Kazim, Dubai is indeed a progressive city, but he does not think that gambling will be legalized. Islamic culture predominates in the city and according to this culture, gambling, just like drinking, is "haram". There are Islamic countries where ordinary casinos are built, mainly for tourists, but Kazim does not think that there will be any casinos in Dubai. He argues that Islamic culture is more important than the progressiveness of the city.
Gambling still illegal
Various casino operators, including MGM Resorts International, have their eye on Dubai. Now, however, it is not yet possible to build casinos in this city. Gambling is still illegal. The casino operators who want to get started in Dubai can only build resorts here. Without casino.
If gambling is ever legalized, there is a good chance that the hotels of international casino operators will immediately be expanded with a nice casino. Now it is not nearly that far. And if we have to believe Kazim, this never happens.
20 million tourists in 2020
According to Issam Kazim, Dubai is busy attracting more tourists to the city. In 2020, the city wants to receive at least 20 million tourists from countries all over the world. The head of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing thinks that no casinos are needed for this. Various projects are being set up to attract more tourists to the city, but casinos are certainly not yet opening in the short term. Whether this will happen in the long term remains to be seen.