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One of the seven sheikhdoms in the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday it will allow "gaming" while announcing a multibillion-dollar deal with Las Vegas-based casino giant Wynn Resorts.
The announcement by Ras al-Khaimah comes after months of rumors about gambling coming to the UAE, home to skyscraper-studded Dubai and oil-rich Abu Dhabi. Islam, the religion of the Arabian Peninsula, prohibits gambling.
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While the other emirates haven't announced similar deals, casino operator Caesars Palace operates a massive resort already in Dubai — without gambling.
Initially, a statement issued by Wynn Resorts and Ras al-Khaimah authorities only referred to "gaming," without elaborating. The emirate's Tourism Development Authority repeatedly declined to answer questions from The Associated Press on whether "gaming" involved cash betting.