I loved the Stardust, particularly its neon sign that emulated a nuclear blast and the radioactive particulars that fell from the sky. I stayed there a lot in my day, and attended quite a few of its shows (Wayne Newton, The Platters, Smoky Robinson and the Miracles ... ah, memories).
Anyway, back to the present. Resorts World will be Asian-themed (Chinese) and the $4-billion first phase is expected to open next year, 2016. It's going to be huge - 3,000-room hotel, 4,000-seat theater, 175,000 sq.ft. casino, rooftop sky park and observation deck, aquarium, movie theaters, bowling alley, a panda exhibit, indoor water park. Eventually, the resort will boast four towers.
Total estimated cost? Up to $7 billion.
But for now, all I got to see was a wood-panel fence all painted up with teaser copy, and a rising tower.
Here's an artist's rendition:
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