Casino island in Praia, Cape Verde

The construction of the new casino on the island of Santa Maria in Praia, on the island of Santiago is progressing. The developer, Macau Legend Development expects the first stage to be completed by the end of next year (2020). The island is shown in this picture, which was taken before work commenced. The first phase of work was to construct the connection between the Santa Maria island and the city.

The estimated cost for the development is €250m which will make it the largest tourism development in the country. The first stage of this complex will include the casino together with a hotel with 250 rooms, a swimming pool, restaurants retail areas.

The hope is that the provision of casinos in Cape Verde will attract more tourists to the country. The law allowing for casinos to be constructed was passed in 2013. The first one was built in Santa Maria on the island of Sal.