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Investors from the UAE proposed to open a casino in Muynak, Karakalpakstan. The Uzbek Prosecutor General Office confirmed it is closely considering the issue along with other relevant bodies, a government source told The Tashkent Times.

The source added there are also plans to build an international airport, cinemas and introduce a Smart City.

The Jan. 16 resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers called for proposals for the construction of a safari road, holding Rally Muynak, international gastronomic festivals, creating an alley of artisans, and boosting medical and pilgrim tourism.

Gambling and other risk-taking games, including betting games have been outlawed in Uzbekistan since 2007 by a Cabinet resolution.

Muynak is formerly a sea port in western Uzbekistan, now home to only a few thousand residents at most. Its population has been declining precipitously due to the recession of the Aral Sea.

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