Dome is to be bought and transformed into a glittering casino
by South African gambling tycoon Sol Kerzner.
Built at a cost of more than £800 million (S$2.54 billion)
to mark the year 2000, London's Millennium Dome was closed in
2001 and costs millions of pounds a year in public money to
The casino, by contrast, is expected to bring in much more
than that annually, and will be combined with a 600-bed hotel,
thousands of new apartment homes and berths for luxury yachts.
The developers even plan to explore the feasibility of letting
medium-sized cruise ships anchor in the River Thames to bring
in overseas players.
In true Las Vegas-style tradition, there will also be dancing
girls and international singers to attract customers.
The development of the Dome into a giant luxury casino is made
possible by the government's decision last month to allow giant
Las Vegas- and Atlantic City-style gambling palaces in Britain.