The temporary casino that paves the way for the City of Dreams Mediterranean resort opened its doors on Thursday in Limassol.
The C2 Cyprus casino will be operational until 2021 when City of Dreams, which is under construction, is expected to open.
“Even though C2 is a pop-up casino, this property will give new meaning to the term. We’ve invested close to €13 million 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,” said Craig Ballantyne, property president of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos.
The Limassol casino is housed in the former Orphanides supermarket in Zakaki. The building was renovated at a cost of around €12 million. It has an area of 4,600 square metres, including a 1,300-square-metre gaming area and capacity for 1,000 people. It is expected that around 25,000 guests will visit each month.
The temporary casino has 33 tables and 242 slot machines, a VIP gaming area, a restaurant and two bars serving food and drink. It operates on a 24/7 basis and customers must be over 21.
It employs 593 people, 75 per cent of whom are Cypriots.
According to a press release, when City of Dreams is launched in 2021, the pop-up casino will cease operations and all personnel will automatically be transferred to the new integrated casino resort.
According to the casino management, the official inauguration is expected to take place in September, until when it will work on a trial basis.
This is the first casino of Melco Group has opened outside Asia. Four C2 satellite casinos will also open in Nicosia, Larnaca, the Famagusta region and Paphos during 2018.