City of Dreams (casino)

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City of Dreams
The City of Dreams 200907.jpg
Location Cotai, Macau, China
Address Estrada do Istmo
Opening date1 June 2009; 10 years ago (1 June 2009)
No. of rooms1,400
Total gaming space420,000 square feet (39,000 m2)
Permanent showsThe House of Dancing Water by Franco Dragone
Signature attractionsThe Bubble Fountain
Dancing Water Theatre
Casino typeLand-Based
American-styled casino
OwnerMelco Resorts & Entertainment
Leigh & Orange
Jon Jerde
Zaha Hadid
WebsiteCity of Dreams Macau
City of Dreams
DFS T Galleria in City of Dreams, Macau
SOHO in City of Dreams Macau
The Boulevard before closure in 2016

City of Dreams (Chinese: 新濠天地) is a resort and casino in Cotai, Macau, China. It is built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment. Melco's second mega-sized property in Macau, City of Dreams is located directly opposite The Venetian Macao.


City of Dreams, also known as CoD or CoD Macau, is in the style of a podium with four towers: namely the Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers Hotel, and the Grand Hyatt Macau (2 towers). Its three-floor podium includes a mega-casino, over 200 shopping facilities and hotel guest facilities. City of Dreams has 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2) of gaming space with 450 gaming tables and 1514 machines, over 20 restaurants and bars, including one of the largest in the city.

The first phase of City of Dreams opened on 1 June 2009, and the Grand Hyatt in November 2009.

In late November 2016, Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd's chairman Lawrence Ho unveiled the fifth hotel to be located within the City of Dreams. Named Morpheus, it will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and is projected to finish in 2018. [1] It is expected to contain 780 rooms.[2] On 29 November 2017, Melco Resorts announced that Alain Ducasse will open two new restaurants and a bar at the upcoming Morpheus Hotel, the restaurants are called “Alain Ducasse at Morpheus” and “Voyages by Alain Ducasse”.[3]



Aquarium located in entrance lobby (2009)

One installation is called the Vquarium. These four video walls measure nearly 61 feet (19 m) wide and 22 feet (6.7 m) tall. It was constructed in the United States and made in several pieces for ease of transportation and for on-site installation. It weighs 11 tons (10,000 kg).

Behind each of the four sections sits a rear projector that displays images on the acrylic. Water cascades down the acrylic faces to enhance the sub-sea ocean scene that is projected on each wall. The Vquarium debuted with the opening of the complex on 1 June 2009 with larger than life mermaids that swim onscreen and into the distance at the end of the short show. The mermaid show was conceived and executed by Falcon's Treehouse.

This attraction ceased in 2018

The Bubble Fountain[edit]

A second installation designed to enhance the environment of the retail area features a large water sphere. The finished sphere measures 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter. A hole in the top of the sphere allows water to be pumped through the inside of the sphere and bubble out the top before gently cascading evenly down the sides of the globe into the catch pool below.

Dancing Water Theatre[edit]

Dancing Water Theatre

Franco Dragone Entertainment Group has created a new show entitled The House of Dancing Water at the Dancing Water Theatre designed by Pei Partnership Architects. The theatre contains one of the largest commercial pools in the world, holding approximately 3,700,000 US gallons (14,000 m3). The 270-degree theatre in the round has a central stage with a diameter of approximately 25 meters (82 ft), surrounded by sloped seating on three sides for as many as 2,000 theatre patrons including a V.I.P. section of 70 seats. The theatre arena has a 40-meter-high steel trussed space (30 meters clear) providing generous height to the show’s display of acrobatics. Thinkwell Group, a design and production firm based in Burbank, Calif., designed the audio, video and communications systems for the show.[4] The show, which incorporates various design elements such as fire, water effects, and atmospheric effects, opened on 17 September 2010.[5] "The House of Dancing Water" was the recipient of a 2012 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Live Show Spectacular.[6]


Matthew Marsh's car with City of Dreams livery in the 2008 Guia Race.

City of Dreams is the title sponsor for Matthew Marsh in the 2008 Macau Guia race. COD organized a visit by Matthew Marsh to the Fountain of Hope, a Macau-based non-profits home in November 2008.[7]

Facilities and Services[edit]


  • 420,000 square-foot casino, 450 gaming tables and 1,514 gaming machines.[8]


Grand Hyatt Macao Lobby

1,400 guest rooms and suites:

  • Nüwa, known until 2018 as Crown Towers[9]
  • The Countdown Hotel, known until July 2017 as Hard Rock Hotel
  • Grand Hyatt Macau
  • Morpheus, designed by Zaha Hadid. It will feature 780 rooms and open in 2018.[10]


  • Shopping: The Boulevard, 175,000 square feet (16,300 m2) of retail space spread over two levels
  • Dining: Over 20 food and beverage venues
  • Entertainment

See also[edit]



  2. ^ Morpheus Hotel
  4. ^ "House of Dancing Water - Thinkwell Group".
  5. ^ Official website
  6. ^ Themed Entertainment Association
  7. ^ "MARSH VISITS ORPHANS IN MACAU". Archived from the original on 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ Lynzy Valles (30 November 2016). "Fifth hotel at City of Dreams named Morpheus". Macau Daily Times.

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Coordinates: 22°8′59″N 113°33′58″E / 22.14972°N 113.56611°E / 22.14972; 113.56611