MGM Mirage, the Las Vegas leisure operator, will run three hotels on a multibillion-dirham development close to Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.

The developer of the Dubai Pearl project, Pearl Dubai, said it would bankroll and build a 250-room Bellagio hotel, a 350-room MGM Grand hotel, and a Skylofts hotel, while MGM Mirage Hospitality would manage the properties. Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Mirage, said: 'While our company is well known for operating luxury casino resorts in Las Vegas, what people forget is that beyond the casinos lie some of the best, most luxurious resorts in the world.'

The National,