Melco International Development opened the doors of its temporary Cyprus casino to the public on 28 June.
The $15m venue, named C2, is the first of the five satellite gaming facilities that will open in Cyprus in the coming months as the construction of the E550m City of Dreams Mediterranean resort moves forward.
The new property occupies a 4,600sqm space which was formerly a supermarket in Limassol, has 33 tables and 242 slot machines, a VIP gaming area, along with a restaurant and two bars, and can accommodate up to 1,000 customers.
“Even though C2 is a pop-up casino, this property will give new meaning to the term,” said Craig Ballantyne, president of City of Dreams Mediterranean. “We’ve invested close to E13m in this facility to ensure that every one of our guests experiences the renowned standards and quality of service which Melco, one of the world’s largest integrated resort operators, is famous for.”
Later this year, the company will launch two satellite casinos in Nicosia and Paphos in November, with two further venues set to commence operations in January and May 2019 situated in Larnaca and Ayia Napa.
City of Dreams Mediterranean is scheduled to open its doors in 2021 at which time the temporary casino will be closed and personnel will be transferred to the new resort.
The integrated resort property will offer 36 gaming tables and 1,200 electronic gaming machines once complete, along with a 500-room five-star hotel, 11 restaurants, 1,200sqm of retail area, and almost 10,000sqm of meeting and exhibition space.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for City of Dreams Mediterranean in June, Ballantyne stated that Melco anticipated visitors from the UK, Germany, Russia and Israel, all of which already established tourism markets for Cyprus.