Project of the Week: Wynn Al Marjan Island

Our luxury Project of the Week is Wynn Resorts’ first spectacular foray into the Middle East.

Wynn Al Marjan Island in the UAE’s Ras Al Khaimah will be a multi-billion-dollar integrated resort due to debut in Q1 2027 as the largest project of its kind in the Emirate’s growing hospitality sector.

Beachfront first

The Las Vegas-based hotel and casino operator is intending that its fifth premises, following two each in the USA and China, will set global standards in design and premium luxury experience.

Its first beachfront resort will cover 5.6 million sq ft and be inspired by the tranquil seascape of Al Marjan Island, a group of four islands, showcasing dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf.

Geometric configuration

Wynn Al Marjan Island is poised to rise more than 1,000 feet (305 metres) above the sea, encompassing exceptional entertainment and gaming amenities. For its first project in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Wynn Resorts will create a serene and stylish setting that brings the warm, relaxed ocean setting into its modern world-class hotel.

The design takes its inspiration both from the natural landscape surrounding the resort and the design aesthetic of Wynn Resorts. The same geometric configuration of the beach’s curved shape on the island is echoed through the podium structure, similar to a great opera house, creating panoramas of the beach, sea and the horizon. Diners in the resort’s restaurant offerings lining the beach-facing promenade at Wynn Al Marjan Island will experience sweeping views of the sea.

Entertainment array

The brand’s signature, high-design opulence will be reflected in its approximately 1,500 lavishly styled rooms, suites and villas.

Visitors can look forward to a wide array of entertainment options, a gaming area, 24 dining and lounge experiences, innovative spa and wellness experiences, a high-end 120,000 sq ft shopping esplanade, a state-of-the-art 100,000 sq ft events centre, a theatre hosting a unique production show, and other amenities. Designed for both longer visits and day trips from neighbouring Emirates, the resort will offer abundant and layered experiences including nightly state-of-the-art laser and light shows.

Planned purposes

With an estimated project cost of approximately US$3.9 billion, the silhouette of Wynn Al Marjan Island is designed to transform and accelerate the Emirate’s rise as a major global tourist destination, while also creating substantial value to its economy through tourism and job creation.

The project should pave the way for the accelerated growth of allied business sectors. Foundation construction work began onsite earlier this year.

Project partners

The resort is being developed with local partners Marjan LLC, and RAK Hospitality Holding LLC. Wynn Resorts has a 40% equity ownership in the joint venture.

ALEC Engineering and Contracting LLC (ALEC), part of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), was awarded the main contract for the construction of the integrated resort development. Bauer International FZE, a German-headquartered foundation specialist, will undertake the piling and enabling works.