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Dubai World unit eyes 12,000 staff for Las Vegas project

Mega project CityCenter embarks on single largest recruitment drive in US.

Dubai World unit eyes 12,000 staff for Las Vegas project
CITYCENTER PLAN: An artists impression of the Las Vegas project.

CityCenter, a joint venture leisure mega project involving a subsidiary of Dubai World, on Monday embarked on the largest single staff hiring exercise in the US.

The urban metropolis project, which is due to open in December on 67 acres on the Las Vegas Strip, is aiming to fill 12,000 permanent positions, CityCenter said in a statement.

The venture between MGM Mirage and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World, will feature ARIA, a 61-storey, 4,004-room gaming resort, luxury non-gaming hotels, Veer Towers, the development's only strictly residential buildings; and Crystals, a 500,000 sq ft retail and entertainment district.

"We're proud to celebrate this significant milestone as we begin to extend job offers to 12,000 deserving individuals. Rich in diversity, intelligence and passion, this team will form the foundation of the extraordinary experience that CityCenter will deliver," said Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO, CityCenter.

"Since breaking ground in 2006, CityCenter has employed more than 9,000 construction workers who have helped bring this vision to reality...we see it as a beacon of hope for a future of renewed economic vitality in Las Vegas."

Positions cover all departments including food and beverage, hotel operations, casino operations, entertainment, finance, human resources, facilities and security.

Crystals' retail and restaurant partners each will hire their employees independently while The Harmon, a luxury 400-room boutique hotel, is slated to open at CityCenter in late 2010 and will announce hiring plans at a later date.

Nearly 4,280 food and beverage employees - including 165 master cooks, 15 sommeliers, 255 bartenders, 60 bakers, 10 shabu shabu cooks, and numerous ice cream and crepe makers - will be employed.

Approximately 130 employees - handling lighting and props to wigs and make-up - will be behind the scenes to bring ARIA's Cirque du Soleil production to life

More than 1,300 table game dealers, floor supervisors, slot operators and guest service representatives will work in ARIA's casino, CityCenter added.

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Fawaz 11 years ago

Why Dubai is investing in Casinos. It is Haram(forbidden) in Islam and Cristianity. Why not invest in someting that is blessed and good to the society.

Tareq 11 years ago

I do not understand why a company of Dubai World's size, reputation and origin (Dubai) would invest in such a blatantly anti-Islamic (gaming) venture? During the financial crisis, we've been hearing about how robust Islamic financing is and how even foreign based banks are considering the Sharia based way for its dealings. Why would a Dubai based giant go half around the globe to hire thousands of non-UAE locals for this 'haram' investment? Someone please explain.

Mounir 11 years ago

Dubai World is a corporation looking to make a profit. It is not a religious institute and it is not a religious authority figure. Leave religion out of it.

riz 11 years ago

I don't get it ,why we always hear Dubai investing in England or America ,why not in there own land .your just draining your money that's all.instead of investing in other countries why not benefit the emirati people by investing in Health, education and infrastructure of U.A.E.

Mohd 11 years ago

Dubai has been investing large sums of money in the US and it's high time we stop supporting them and I would like to request them as not to recruit 12,000 as we have enough talent and we are jobless.

ex-expat 11 years ago

I agree with the sentiment in relation to the investments being undertaken in the US as being unislamic and maybe the money could have been invested in the UAE. However it would be unfair to Dubai World to say they have not already invested a substantial amount within Dubai . The issue of un islamic investment is a pertinent one and something Dubai World should have been more sensitive about. K

Waqqas 11 years ago

I cannot but feel really pitty for you Mounir for your lack of knowledge related to Islam. For us Muslims, Islam is a complete way of life and especially when it comes to business dealings. Fundamentals like Zakaah and prohibition of Interest has lot of relevance to what and how we do business. So, an organization of a Muslim country indulging in such a business whereby casinos and God knows what other forms of so-called "leisure" activities will be promoted is surely a matter of concern for every Muslim.

abc 11 years ago

Dear Mr. Mounir, Religion and business do mix. Any blessed business should benefit the society and not just be a trap to collect as much money as possible regardless of the consequences. What benefit to the society when you have people gambling and eventually loose a lot of money just so that the Casino trap their money. I have seen real cases of this with disastrous consequences on the gamblers families. Allah forbid gambling because he knows best.

Ali 11 years ago

If religion is supposed to be kept separate from business, why does Dubai still not have a casino, as it will lead to even more profits? Thats because Islam is still the official religion of the UAE, so yes, religion has to mix with business

Mounir 11 years ago

Ali: Casinos are not allowed in the UAE because Sheikh Zayed decreed it to be so. Will that change? Possibly. But Casinos are banned because of Sheikh Zayed, not because they are unislamic (otherwise why do they sell alcohol here? and why are interest charging banks allowed to operate? and and and and) Abc: Any blessed business should benefit from having a supply of things that people want, thats it, thats all. I never supported gambling and never will, but to say that it is religiously forbidden yet Alcohol has been sold in the UAE for over 40 years is simply ridiculous. Do not get religion and business mixed up. Yes, an honest dirham goes much farther than a dishonest one, and hard work produces better results than pure luck, but to say that a business in gambling does not produce profit is simply utter rubbish. Waqqas: Dont feel pitty for me, I do not require it nor ask for it. What I do does not affect you, and vice versa. If you are such a concerned muslim, why dont you petition Dubai World and Nakheel and Jumeirah Group and other Dubai-entities to stop dealing in all 'haram' products, from shipping and selling of alcohol? You are full of talk.