Abu Dhabi: The General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Authority (GCGRA) has officially been established in the UAE as a federal authority to introduce a world-leading regulatory framework for national lottery and commercial gaming.
Mr. Kevin Mullally, a globally respected regulator, has been appointed as CEO. Mr. Mullally has over 30 years of experience in national and international gaming regulation for the GCGRA.
“I am delighted to have been appointed as the inaugural CEO of the GCGRA. With my experienced colleagues, I look forward to establishing a robust regulatory body and framework for the UAE’s lottery and gaming industry,” Mr. Mullally remarked.
The GCGRA is led by a team of internationally credentialed leaders, all with proven track records and a deep understanding of global best practices in regulating and maintaining an effective, safe, and responsible gaming industry, as per the statement.
The Board of Directors is chaired by industry veteran Mr. Jim Murren.
Mr. Murren stated that, “I am delighted at the appointment of Kevin Mullally. He brings unparalleled category experience and will be invaluable in creating a fit-for-purpose regulatory framework for the UAE.”
The GCGRA aims to establish a responsible and well-controlled gaming atmosphere, making sure that everyone follows clear rules and meets the highest standards. It will oversee regulatory efforts, handle national licenses, and promote responsible commercial gaming to boost its economic benefits.
The establishment of a federal authority indicates that Abu Dhabi, the nation’s capital, may supervise the possible introduction of casinos across the country. Nevertheless, this federation comprises seven emirates, and ultimate authority on social matters resides with the local rulers of these emirates.
For example, Sharjah, one of the emirates, prohibits the sale of alcohol. If casinos are permitted, they might adhere to a similar localized approach.