First hotel opening at CityCenter project in Vegas

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Posted: Dec 01, 2009 3:18 PM

The first new hotel is opening at the big CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip.

The unveiling Tuesday of the nearly 1,500-room Vdara (vid-AR'-uh) hotel marks the start of a phased opening of the $8.5 billion project built by development partners MGM Mirage and Dubai World.

The Crystals retail shopping mall opens Thursday. The 392-room Mandarin Oriental opens Saturday. The centerpiece Aria hotel-casino is opens Dec. 16 with about 4,000 rooms.

Vdara is a 57-story, non-gambling, nonsmoking condominium hotel connected with other CityCenter features and the plush fountain-front Bellagio hotel next door. Bellagio is also owned by MGM Mirage.

Dubai World is the investment arm of the Dubai government.