MGM Hospitality expands global brand as operator for Dubai-based resort

MGM Hospitality been selected to operate and help build a 2 million-square-foot premier nongaming destination resort on 26 beachfront acres in Dubai.

MGM Hospitality been selected to operate and help build a 2 million-square-foot premier nongaming destination resort on 26 beachfront acres in Dubai.

DUBAI – As part of the expansion of our Company’s global brand, MGM Hospitality recently announced that it has been selected to operate and help build a 2 million-square-foot premier nongaming destination resort on 26 beachfront acres in Dubai.

MGM Hospitality­­­ — an MGM Resorts International subsidiary that focuses on the design, development and management of luxury nongaming hotels, resorts and residential offerings — was chosen by Dubai-based wasl Hospitality and Leisure, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management Group, to lead the project on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach.

One of the largest real estate development and management companies in the Emirate of Dubai, wasl joined MGM Resorts officials in presenting the project to His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai.

The project will be financed by Dubai’s government and will feature an MGM Hotel, MGM Residences and a Bellagio Hotel, marking the debut of the iconic MGM and Bellagio brand names in the Middle East region. A 2021 opening is projected.

“We are excited and honored by the opportunity to introduce our incredible brands in one of the world’s fastest-growing tourist destinations. This marks the first time we will offer multiple MGM luxury brands at a prime beachfront location,” said Bill Hornbuckle, President of MGM Resorts. “This agreement, which makes us the development adviser and operator, reflects our commitment to remaining disciplined and focused in our investments while continuing to advance our brand of entertainment resorts in markets around the world.”

The project is also set to feature a theater, culinary venues, specialty retail shops, traditional and interactive museums, a beach club and adventure zones for adults and children, along with 1,000 rooms and 10 villas.

Hesham Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group, says, “wasl is proud to be working in partnership with such an internationally acclaimed hotel and resort operator; it is a major milestone and we are very excited to be bringing MGM Resorts on our journey to making Dubai the world’s best city to visit, work and live in. The collaboration also fulfills wasl’s mandate to attract global hospitality players to Dubai, where we are constantly striving to raise the bar in the city by offering tourists, residents and visitors ever more sensational hospitality and entertainment experiences.”

Earth Hour: Going dark to shine a light on energy conservation

Earth Hour 2017LAS VEGAS – Every year since 2007, people around the world have been turning off their lights for an hour to put a spotlight on energy conservation.

Started by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global effort that has seen more than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses turn off their lights for one hour each March.

Earth Hour 2017 is scheduled from 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 25. MGM Resorts will again participate, with our properties in Las Vegas, Mississippi, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Macau, China, turning off their exterior lights for that one hour.

All exterior lighting, rooftop signage and marquees will be turned off to symbolize our Company’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. All interior lights will remain on during this time, and property operations should not be affected.

You can take part at home as well. Turn off your lights and go star-gazing, or host a candle-lit dinner or Earth Hour party. For more tips, visit, and  join the  Lights Out! project on MY Green Advantage through M life Insider.

Ways to save electricity year-round:

  • Wash your clothes in cold water to save about $63 a year.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10 percent on your cooling and heating costs.
  • Turn off your lights, appliances and electronics when they’re not in use. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once.
  • If you haven’t already, consider a switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. You can reduce your energy use from about a third to as much as 80 percent by switching to LED lighting.




Making a Difference: MGM Resorts employees volunteer to help veterans

LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts International employees participated in the 14th annual Veterans Stand Down event this past week. Organized by U.S. Vets of Las Vegas, the annual event brings together a collection of community partners to provide high-quality comprehensive services to veterans.

MGM Resorts Employees Hui Lee (left) and Mitzel Landero (center) pose with a veteran at the Veterans Stand Down event.

MGM Resorts Employees Hui Lee (left) and Mitzel Landero (center) pose with a veteran at the Veterans Stand Down event.

“An event that started in a park some 14 years ago has grown to a massive event with over 100 community partners coming together over two days to provide a collection of services from housing assistance, medical care, legal assistance, hot showers, haircuts, food and clothing and employment,” says Wilson Edgell, Diversity & Disability Outreach Programs Manager at MGM Resorts and U.S. Vets advisory board member.

With the help of over 500 volunteers, the successful 2017 Veterans Stand Down event resulted in 739 veterans served, 41 veterans placed in housing and 15 job offers.

Also, through the work of U.S. Vets, Veterans Stand Down and other community leaders, the city of Las Vegas has reached the goal of “Functional Zero” with its homeless veteran population.  This means that each of the 720 homeless veterans (according to the latest homeless census) in Las Vegas has a bed through community assistance providers if they choose to take advantage of the available services.

“A veteran’s calling is to serve,” says Edgell.  “I have been volunteering with the Stand Down for the last four years, and I plan to be involved each and every year or until there is no longer the need to hold the Stand Down. It is rewarding to see the outcry of support from the Company and employees who also embody the commitment to serve.”

Employees Renee Wainwright (left) and Wilson Edgell showing support for Las Vegas veterans.

Employees Renee Wainwright (left) and Wilson Edgell showing support for Las Vegas veterans.

To learn more about U.S. Vets and to get involved, visit

Ride the conservation wave: Help us celebrate World Water Day!

LAS VEGAS – Tomorrow is World Water Day, but at MGM Resorts, we are working to save water every day!WWD Logo

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day. It’s a day to not only celebrate our greatest natural resource, but to make a difference on a global scale for those who suffer daily from water-related issues.

According to, today there are more than 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include ensuring everyone has access to safe water by 2030.

This year’s World Water Day theme is reducing and reusing wastewater. In Southern Nevada, MGM Resorts is doing its part to help water conservation efforts by recycling much of the water used by our Las Vegas Strip resorts.

Did you know:           

  • Resorts actually use just 7 percent of all of Southern Nevada’s water; 59 percent is attributed to residential use.
  • 99 percent of the water used inside Las Vegas resort buildings is rapidly recycled back into Lake Mead.
  • The water used for The Fountains of Bellagio comes from an onsite well and from discharged water from the pools in the O Theatre.
  • At Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium, 90 percent of the water is recycled, resulting in over 2.1 million gallons of reclaimed water annually.
  • Since our Company launched the social media-style application MY Green Advantage in 2013, our employees have collectively saved over 280 million gallons of water!

Shark-Reef-(2.7-in)You can help us continue to make a difference at work and at home. To lessen stress on your local water system, minimize your use during peak daytime hours. You can also reduce your water use by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures such as those used at MGM Resorts. You can even help save water by conserving electricity!

Want to learn more ways to save water? Visit M life Insider, click the “CSR” tab, select “MY Green Advantage” and click on “Activities” to take part in the World Water Day project.

Insider Company News: March Awards

LAS VEGAS – Insider Company News would like to acknowledge our hardworking colleagues who have been recognized by industry leaders for their superior performance.

MGM Macau named Forbes Five-Star HotelMGM Macau

MGM Macau has been recognized by Forbes Travel Guide 2017 as a Five-Star Hotel for excellence in quality of service, amenities and diversified product offerings.

“Being listed as a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel is a tremendous achievement and one that every member of our staff contributed to, says Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited. “Indeed, all of our team members have consistently given their very best, with their passion and commitment to creating great moments for guests through unparalleled service and product offerings. We are honored to once again receive such a prestigious accolade, and it is as much a testimony as it is an inspiration to our quest for excellence.”

Murrens to receive Woodrow Wilson Award

MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren and his wife, Heather Hay Murren, a
private investor and philanthropist, are set to receive the 2017 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.Jim Murren_MGM Resorts_8x10-cropped

The award comes from the Woodrow Wilson Center, which recognizes world-renowned leaders from the private and public sector. Winners exemplify President Wilson’s dedication to fostering international peace and cooperation.

The awards are set to be handed out on May 10 during a ceremony and dinner in Washington, D.C.

MGM Resorts selected as Top Entry Level Employer

Thanks to a survey submission by Emily Baran, Manager of Diversity Outreach and College Programs, MGM Resorts was recently selected by as a Top Entry Level Employer for 2017.

To complete the survey, Baran pulled a Workday report of grades 8-10 to get the number of entry-level positions currently available, which came to about 500 at the time.

MGM Resorts’ inclusion on this list demonstrates its commitment to hiring and developing entry-level candidates.

MGM Macau earns Most Innovative Mobile Site



MGM Macau was recently recognized by in Marketing magazine’s Mob-Ex Awards 2017 in Hong Kong for “Most Innovative Mobile Site” for

The digital marketing competition celebrates mobile marketing excellence with a focus on innovative and effective campaigns, apps and related mobile marketing projects.