The United Arab Emirates (UAE) establishes a new gaming regulatory body led by Kevin Mullally and Jim Murren.

Introducing the General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Authority (GCGRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a federal entity dedicated to overseeing and shaping the country’s emerging gambling industry. The GCGRA has enlisted the expertise of US gambling industry veterans to lead the way.

Heading the GCGRA as Chair is Jim Murren, the former Chairman and CEO of MGM. Joining him is Kevin Mullally, previously the VP of Government Relations and General Counsel for Gaming Laboratories, taking on the role of CEO.

Their first task is overseeing the establishment of the highly anticipated Wynn Al Marjan Island, a luxury casino resort in Ras Al Khaimah. With a projected cost of $3.9 billion, this lavish destination is set to open its doors in 2027.

Murren expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment of Mullally, highlighting his extensive expertise and the crucial role he will play in creating a robust and tailored regulatory framework for the UAE.

The GCGRA’s mission is to cultivate a socially responsible and well-regulated gaming environment, ensuring that all participants adhere to stringent guidelines and uphold the highest standards. By coordinating regulatory activities, managing national licensing, and responsibly unlocking the economic potential of commercial gaming, the GCGRA aims to pave the way for a prosperous future.

For more insights into this captivating industry and an exclusive interview with Jim Murren from 2019, check out our CEO Special in Gambling Insider (pages 32-34).

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