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RESORTS WORLD LAS VEGAS

Location:

Number of Rooms:

Projected Opening:

North Strip

3000 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

3,500

2016

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A megaresort from Asian casino company Gaming Genting.

Where is it?

On the North Strip, where the Stardust used to be.

What will be included?

More than 3,000 rooms, a casino, more than two dozen restaurants, a 4,000 seat showroom, a giant aquarium, and more.

When will it open?

2016 or 2017.

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PREVIEW

After nearly a year of behind-the-scenes wrangling, Vegas' next mega-resort took a giant step toward reality in May of 2014 when the company behind it got a stamp of approval form the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Resorts World Las Vegas will be taking over the Echelon site, the mothballed, partially constructed resort that was planned for the land where The Stardust used to be. The project is expected to open in phases with the first one taking two to three years to complete.

The resort is the brainchild of Malyasia's Genting Berhad, a gaming company that operates casinos in Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines, and at the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. Since this would be their first foray into the Las Vegas market, the project required approval from the NGCB and additional licensing will be needed from the Nevada Gaming Commission.

As detailed in front of the board, Resorts World will have an Asian theme, with pagoda style roofs and other Far East design cues.

3,000 rooms will be located in a single tower standing at 674 feet tall. For reference sake that's about 60 feet taller than Wynn Las Vegas right across the street and 50 feet taller than neighboring Trump International. It will be the second tallest room tower in Vegas, behind only the partially built Fontainebleau (The Stratosphere doesn't count since there are no hotel rooms in it). To take advantage of the height, there will be a rooftop park and observation deck open to the public.

The casino will be approximately 100,000 square feet, about the same size as The Cosmopolitan, The Mirage, and Luxor, but smaller than behemoths like the MGM Grand, which measures more than 170,000 square feet and Aria at 150,000 square feet. It will have upwards of 3,500 slot machines and dozens of table games.

More than two dozen restaurants and bars are planned as is a 4,000 seat theater that will feature a resident production that has not been determined yet.

The front of the property will be styled with a garden attraction designed to lure passersby into the resort. Inside will be a 50,000 square foot, 58-foot tall aquarium with exotic fish.

The much touted panda exhibit and replica of the Great Wall of China are not on the current list of amenities, although the company is hoping to work out the details with the Chinese government to allow the animal exhibit.

Also on the "possible" list is a 20th Century Fox World studio/theme-park attraction similar to the one under construction at the Resorts World in Malaysia. That project includes rides and attractions based around the studio's popular films like Planet of the Apes and Ice Age.

Future phases will include more hotels, a convention center, a water park, and more.

Construction is expected to begin later this year and will reuse most of the buildings that are already partially built for the Echelon project, which was mothballed in 2008.

The first phase should open in late 2016 or early 2017.

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