Coral Casino for Heart Island

Gala Coral Group, Europe?s leading gaming operator, has confirmed that a brand new casino will be built in Heart Island within the 'soon-to-open' Ocean Village complex. Gala?s existing casino in Europa Road will continue to operate as normal until the new facilities are finished. The construction is scheduled for completion later this year when Gala?s activities will be re-located into the larger and superbly furnished new casino at Ocean Village, said spokesmen for the two companies.

Heart Island is descroibed as "a visionary land reclamation project within Ocean Village and Gala?s new casino signals a major investment in the waterfront location. The massive casino will be in excess of 30,000 square feet and will create a totally new and luxurious experience for the casino visitor, featuring innovative design, state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology."

The new casino heralds a major commitment by Gala and demonstrates its faith in Gibraltar?s current and future growth, said a statement from them. The improved facilities will offer superb entertainment for local customers and also provide a prestigious attraction for the tourism industry. This new enterprise, along with other attractions in the Ocean Village complex, will create more jobs for the local economy.

?We were looking for a new location and we always have high expectations of where we position our casinos? said Dominic Harrison, Chief Operating Officer of Gala Coral Group. ?Gala?s aim is to bring the best in entertainment?from excellent casino gameplay, to premium bars and restaurants, long opening hours and convenient parking. Ocean Village is perfect - not only is the access convenient for all, there will be so much going on in the leisure complex?.

Ocean Village provides Gibraltar with its only integrated residential, leisure and retail environment. ?Only Ocean Village could offer us the setting we were looking for?, Dominic Harrison continues. ?If you consider their commitment to creating a total retail and marina experience, the landscaping of public areas and stunning planting then it?s obvious this is a very special place on a scale and quality never seen before in Gibraltar?

Greg Butcher, CEO of Ocean Village, enthuses ?I am delighted to welcome Gala and the new casino to Ocean Village. Their casino design for Heart Island was particularly challenging as the best casinos need grand, open spaces but we are pleased to have met these demands. It really will be a world class addition to the attractions we have been carefully planning and make Ocean Village Gibraltar?s premier waterfront destination and Gala intend to invest many, many millions in the fabric of their new casino, so this will be a great stride in enhancing the quality of this leisure pursuit made available to tourists and residents alike.?

The momentum of construction continues at Ocean Village and the completion of the first phase of residential apartments, Royal Ocean Plaza, is described as imminent together with the car park, vast pools and gardens and retail units for designer shopping.