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by Leo Jakobson | May 09, 2014
Malaysia's Genting Group announced details of its massive, $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas project on the north end of the Strip this week.

In its initial phase, the integrated resort casino will include: a 1,000-room hotel tower and 22 villas; a 100,000-square-foot casino; a "retail village" with more than 15 outlets; more than 30 restaurants, bars and other dining facilities; an aquarium; a main bar featuring live entertainment; a main showroom; and an observation deck with view down the Strip. Reports also include a 4,000-seat theater.

A subsequent phase of the project will include a convention center of about one million square feet.

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The initial phase of the project, on the site of the old Stardust, is scheduled to begin in the second half of this year, with work taking 24 to 36 months.

The Asian-themed complex will eventually consist of more than 3,000 rooms spread across four hotel towers, more casino space, a water park, a movie theater complex, a bowling alley, the convention center, and a "new, still-to-be-determined large-scale attraction," according to a statement.

"Our goal at Resorts World Las Vegas is to complement existing properties and bring a new and unique entertainment destination to the Las Vegas Strip," Genting Chairman KT Lim told the Nevada Gaming Control Board, on May 7, according to a statement. "Our themed resort will cater to the high-end visitor as well as the budget-minded tourist. We will give first-time guests a new reason to visit Las Vegas and other tourists a great reason to return."

The Genting Group is best known for its massive Resorts World integrated casino resorts in Malaysia and Singapore, but also owns other properties throughout Asia, as well as many casinos in England and one in New York City.