The largest casino and integrated resort in Europe opened earlier in the week in Cyprus with a dazzling gala attended by Republic of Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides.
The City of Dreams Mediterranean (CoDM) is the brainchild of Hong Kong-based gambling firm Melco, whose CEO Lawrence Ho said he first got the idea to build the resort when he visited Cyprus 16 years ago for a wedding.
The complex, in the southern coastal city of Limassol, took three years to build at a cost of more than 637 million euros ($700 million) and currently employs 2,000 staff.
The casino is “a catalyst for economic growth” in Cyprus
“A one-of-a-kind integrated casino resort that stands as a testament to our commitment for progress and excellence, being – at the same time – a catalyst for economic growth, job creation and the attraction of visitors from all over the world,” President Christodoulides said at the opening.
“It is an emblematic project that is expected to redefine the landscape of our tourism industry, showcasing the ability to transform visions into reality,” he added.
In his own speech, Ho spoke of how he fell in love with the island and its people during a visit 16 years ago.
“City of Dreams Mediterranean gives Cyprus a new story to tell. People who overlooked this island in the past, now have a fresh list of compelling reasons to visit. This resort will attract new premium tourists, year round, reflecting in the economy, and the traditionally seasonal jobs market.”
The CoDM spans more than 14.8 acres and boasts a myriad of amenities. The centerpiece of the resort is the 80,000-square-foot casino, which features an extensive array of slot machines (750, according to local media) and table games (75), catering to casual players and seasoned gamblers.
Beyond the casino, guests can explore a wide range of dining options, from upscale restaurants offering gourmet cuisine to trendy cafes serving tantalizing snacks and beverages. The resort also houses luxury retail outlets, allowing shoppers to indulge in a world of high-end fashion and exclusive brands.
In addition to its dazzling amenities, the CoDM is also committed to sustainable practices. The resort has implemented eco-friendly initiatives, such as energy-efficient systems, waste management programs, and green building practices.
Melco is aiming to minimize the environmental impact of the resort while providing a luxurious experience for its guests. The City of Dreams Mediterranean property manager Grant Johnson said the project includes a solar power system generating 1.2 MW of renewable energy on the sun-baked island.
“This resort is the largest of its kind in Europe,” he said.