Zona do Aterro de Cotai in Macau
|Region||Municipality of das Ilhas|
|• Total||5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (Macau Standard)|
|Cotai Landfill Zone|
|Portuguese||Zona do Aterro de Cotai|
Cotai (Chinese: 路氹城; Cantonese Yale: Louhtáhm Sìhng; Portuguese: Zona do Aterro de Cotai) is a 5.2 square kilometers (2.0 sq mi) piece of newly reclaimed land on top of Seac Pai Bay between Taipa and Coloane islands in Macau, that has made two independent islands become one island, since 2005. The word (a combination of Coloane and Taipa) can also refer to the entire new island which was formed by the reclamation. In the second sense, the "Special Administrative Region" of Macau now consists of the Macau Peninsula plus Cotai Island, about a mile to the south.
Cotai was created to provide Macau with a new gambling and tourism area since Macau is so densely populated and land is scarce, and many hotels and casinos can be found in the vicinity of the "Cotai Strip". 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 Foundation.
Casinos and hotels
The "Cotai Strip" is a name dubbed to the entire hotel-casino area, when the term "Cotai Strip" has been trademarked by Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which coined the phrase (USPTO Registration Nos. 4396486 and 4396486 for gaming and hotel services), and only applies to its properties.
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. Melco PBL Holdings opened the City of Dreams directly across the street from the Venetian on June 1, 2009.
As of February 2016, several new hotel-casinos have opened in Cotai, with several more scheduled to open in 2016 including the Wynn Palace and the MGM Cotai. Somewhere close to US$50 billion has been or is being invested in Cotai.
Hotels and Casinos
- Studio City Macau
- Wynn Palace
- The Parisian
- Pousada Marina Infante
- St. Regis Macao
- The Venetian Macao
- City of Dreams Macao
- Galaxy Macau
- Sands Cotai Central
- Cotai Jet – owned by The Venetian Macao, operating high speed Catamaran ferry services between Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong
- Macau Light Rapid Transit - a mass transit system in Macau under construction. It will serve the Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Cotai, serving major border checkpoints such as the Border Gate, the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, the Lotus Bridge Border and the Macau International Airport.
Cotai Strip under construction in 2007
- Malaysia Star, Must-see Macau, 25 November 2006
- "Macao hoists Signal No. 9 to embrace Typhoon Mangkhut". Retrieved 2018-12-23.
- Starkweather, Maxim. "History of Cotai - The Creation of Cotai - Macau Casinos". Macau Casinos. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
- Venetian Macao press release, 28 August 2007
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