Amber Shore of Russia: fun and games on the Baltic
To build Las Vegas on the Baltic: that’s the underlying aim of the Amber Shore of Russia resort-recreation complex, which besides the requisite gambling facilities will include sports, spa and therapeutic centres, an aqua park, shopping malls and hotel complexes, and a range of upscale housing developments, alongside the inevitable golf course development.
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Based in the Kaliningrad region, the Russian enclave sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, the project is looking to take full advantage of its coastal location and close proximity to European Union countries to make it an all-year health and activity resort serving clients from the EU and Russia. Conceived to exploit legislation that will make Kaliningrad one of only four locations in the whole of Russia where gambling will be allowed, the Amber Shore of Russia project promises to combine fun with fitness, with environment-friendly and socially sustainable elements thrown in. Covering roughly 70 hectares and involving 230 million square metres of construction, the resort-recreation complex is due for completion in five years and will be one of the most ambitious projects of its type yet undertaken in Russia and promises to be a model for future developments of a similar type.