Storied Sahara casino reborn as SLS Las Vegas; First major Strip resort to open since downturn

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted the Rat Pack and the Beatles is opening as the SLS Las Vegas after a complete transformation.

The property will officially welcome the public at the stroke of midnight, after a party Friday night that includes rapper Iggy Azalea and a fireworks show.

Owner SBE Entertainment Group spent $415 million gutting the casino, renovating it and stuffing it with trendy restaurants the company has been cultivating in Southern California.

SLS Las Vegas is the first major resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip since 2010. It’s expected to breathe new life into the north end of the boulevard, which is better known for empty lots and stalled casino projects.

An Asian-themed resort and an open-air festival venue are in the works nearby.

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