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UAE Creates Pioneering Federal Authority for Gaming Regulation

In a groundbreaking move, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has established the General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Authority (GCGRA), ushering in a new era for national lottery and commercial gaming. This development, reported by the state news agency WAM, marks a significant step towards creating a socially responsible and meticulously regulated gaming environment in the UAE. Let's delve into the details of this exciting development and its potential impact.


A New Era for Gaming Regulation

The GCGRA is set to introduce a world-leading regulatory framework that ensures the highest standards of gaming while fostering social responsibility. Its core mission is to coordinate regulatory activities, manage nationwide licensing, and unlock the economic potential of commercial gaming in a responsible manner.


Jamie Ryder, a partner in the Entertainment & Media Industry Group at Reed Smith, emphasized the immense economic opportunities this move brings to the UAE. With the nation's tourism industry experiencing a remarkable post-pandemic boom, expanding into the profitable gaming industry is a logical step that enhances the UAE's allure as a global business and travel destination.


Internationally Credentialed Leadership

The GCGRA is poised to set the global standard for gaming regulation, thanks to its team of internationally credentialed leaders. These individuals boast a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of best practices in maintaining a safe, effective, and responsible gaming industry.


At the helm of the GCGRA is Kevin Mullally, a renowned regulator with over three decades of experience in national and international gaming regulation. His appointment as CEO highlights the authority's commitment to excellence and its dedication to establishing a robust regulatory body and framework for the UAE's lottery and gaming industry.

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