Luanda, Angola, 11 April- Casinos de Angola, owned by the Plurijogos company, plans to build a new casino in Alvalade known as Gika and costing US$35 million, according to a report in the latest edition of Exame Angola magazine.
Marketing director Tiago Vilela told the magazine that the new casino, which will have four floors, two restaurants and a stage, will have an area of 6,500 square metres and create 500 new jobs.
The Gika casino will be installed next to a complex made up of a five-star hotel (VIP Grand Luanda), a housing complex (Alvalade Residence), two 21-storey office blocks (Garden Towers) and the shopping centre (Luanda Shopping) which ahs 208 stores and is considered to be one of the largest in Africa.
Vilela also said that, as well as Gika, in July Casinos de Angola would open a new casino in Viana, with a gaming area of 462 square metres, costing a total of US$2.5 million and creating 250 jobs.
Casinos de Angola also refurbished the Tivoli casino at a cost of US$6 million, which re-opened in June 2010 with 24 slot machines and 12 gambling tables.
The Marinha casino, on Luanda island, is due to re-open in May following refurbishment work estimated to cost US$1.5 million.
In 2009 Casinos de Angola opened the Olímpia casino in Lubango with 70 slot machines and eight gambling tables, costing US$5 million. (macauhub)