Monte Carlo enjoys The Belle Epoque. Vegas boasts The Bellagio. And now Macau has The Bubble. Or at least that is what the City of Dreams will be hoping.
Macau’s gaming and property analysts might well argue that the territory has actually been in a bubble for quite a while, although one that finally burst last year.
But the opening of the City of Dreams, the latest mega casino on the Cotai Strip, at least offered locals and visitors alike a few hours of celebration.
The $2.4 billion complex will eventually offer more than 500 casino tables, as well as top-end restaurants, shops and hotels. But its signature landmark is the aforementioned Bubble – a lavish dome-shaped theatre and entertainment venue.
The City of Dreams is owned by Melco Crown Entertainment, a joint venture between Lawrence Ho and James Packer. Both men hope that the new venue will help to widen Macau’s pull as an entertainment destination, and grow the city’s reputation beyond its current gaming focus. To make their iconoclastic point, they smashed guitars to pieces at the Hard Rock Hotel in the resort. Certainly more original than a Lion Dance.
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