he inauguration also included the presence of Deputy Director of The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macau SAR Ms. Gao Yan, Commissioner of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The People's Republic of China in the Macau SAR Mr. Lu Shu Min, and Secretary for Economy and Finance of Macau SAR Mr. Francis Tam, accompanied by directors of SJM, Dr. Ambrose So, Mr. Louis Ng and Ms. Angela Leong, who formally opened the property.
Dr. So, CEO of SJM Holdings Limited, warmly welcomed the guests on behalf of Dr. Stanley Ho and the board of directors of SJM. He said, “Oceanus is the latest development in SJM’s continuing support of Macau. As the only concessionaire with its roots in Macau, we take pride in growing our business while contributing to society following the principles of Dr. Ho. We take pride in our company being part of the success story of Macau.”
“Oceanus is the first casino that passengers reach upon arriving at the ferry terminal, as well as the first casino visitors reach on entry through the Gongbei border on the northern end of the Macau Peninsula. This ‘double first’ casino promises to be the
latest landmark of Macau,” he continued.
The opening ceremony was preceded by dance performances and sound and light shows specially produced for the event. The theme of the show was the legend of Oceanus, the god of waters, a giant river that encircles the earth bringing luck and prosperity to all. The continuing message was that the oceans of the world contain vast untold riches and undreamed of treasures. Oceanus brings all that possibility and hope to everyone who visits.
Located at the transportation hub at the Outer Harbour District, the property comprises more than 32,000 square metres of gaming space over three floors housing more than 260 table games and over 560 slot machines. There is also a range of food and beverage outlets and retail shops.
Designed by the renowned casino architect, Paul Steelman, its interior is decorated in cool blue colours combined with warm reds, oranges and greens reminding the visitor of the colours of the sea and corals.
The façades of Oceanus are comprised of irregular shapes made of ETFE membrane, giving the visual impression of the building being enveloped in multi coloured bubbles. With its immediately recognisable exterior visible from many angles, Casino Oceanus
at Jai Alai will add significantly to the attractions of Macau ensuring a continuing flow of tourists to the city bringing increased wealth to its society.