Casinos in The Middle East

Casinos in the Middle East are not very widespread and can only be found in 3 countries, but there are a few top-notch hotel and casino resorts and the region is easily accessible from Europe.

The casinos in these resorts will easily meet the standards of high rollers looking for a luxurious gambling holiday, but also cater to ordinary tourists looking to get in on some of the glitz and glamour of casino life.

Whilst the biggest casino in the Middle East is the Casino Du Liban near Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, Israel is the country with the most casinos in the Middle East.

There are 4 casino cruises in Israel. The Royal Iris Cruise Casino sails out of Haifa, while Casino Flamingo docks in Eilat and the other 2 cruises are Casino Lady D and Casino Palace.

These 4 casino cruises house a total of 63 slot machines between them.

There is also the Austrian Casino in Jericho, Israel, sprawling over 9 400 m².

The man behind the Cotai Strip in Macau, China, American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is believed to have committed $1 billion to invest in the casino industry in Israel, provided casinos remain legal in the country.

Casinos in the Middle East are well positioned for European and Asian tourists looking for an exotic gambling holiday, while the region also boasts a number of other tourist attractions, despite the troubles and unrest that have dogged the Middle East for decades.

Visitors to casinos in the Middle East may also be interested by the hotel and casino resorts in North Africa – specifically the countries on the southern Mediterranean coastline: Egypt and Morocco.

The Middle East is also an important region for horseracing and the gambling that accompanies it, and horses are central to many Middle Eastern cultures.

Casinos in the Middle East must constantly be aware of the cultural and religious climates of the various countries in the region and act accordingly – tourists on gambling holidays should also bear these factors in mind.

Backgammon is one of the most popular games available in casinos in the Middle East, but although poker is widely available it is not often advertised by the casinos in the Middle East.

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