Coordinates: 22°08′27″N 113°33′47″E / 22.14082°N 113.56310°E
Cotai ( Chinese: 路氹城) ( Port. Zona do Aterro de Cotai) is a 5.2 square kilometres (2.0 sq mi) piece of newly reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane islands in Macau, that has not yet been assigned to any of the [1 ] freguesias. The Chinese and Portuguese names are a portmanteau of the two islands, Coloane and Taipa.
Cotai was created to provide Macau with a new gambling and tourism area since Macau is so densely populated and land is scarce. The
Cotai Strip is the name used more commonly for this area in Cotai where the casinos and hotels are currently being built.
Galaxy Entertainment Group's Grand Waldo Hotel was the first casino to commence operations in Cotai, opening its doors in May, 2006. The construction of many other casino and hotel projects is currently underway. The largest and most notable property on Cotai so far is Las Vegas Sands' Venetian Macao, which opened its doors on August 28, 2007. [2 ] Melco PBL Holdings opened the City of Dreams directly across the street from the Venetian on June 1, 2009.
In 2006, a new hospital was founded in the Cotai area, the
MUST Hospital, which is associated with the Macau University of Science and Technology.
^ Malaysia Star, Must-see Macau, 25 November 2006
^ Venetian Macao press release, 28 August 2007