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Forever Changing Las Vegas Skyline, CityCenter Tops Out ARIA Resort & Casino

LAS VEGAS – September 16, 2008 – CityCenter today celebrated the “topping out” of ARIA Resort & Casino, its spectacular 4,000-room gaming resort standing 61 stories tall. ARIA is the second building to top out at CityCenter, as the more than $9 billion city-within-a-city progresses toward opening in late 2009.

“Today, we commemorate a construction milestone for ARIA, the resort that is destined to redefine luxury standards, both in Las Vegas and the hospitality industry overall. We take great pride in the thousands of talented individuals – architects, construction workers, contractors and more – who’ve worked side by side for the past 29 months to make this achievement possible,” said Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of CityCenter. “The topping out of ARIA, the centerpiece of CityCenter, brings us a step closer to unveiling the premier international destination for entertainment, dining, nightlife, retail, art and design.”

Designed by the world-renowned firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, ARIA’s architectural expression will reveal itself at every turn, from its two breathtaking curvilinear glass towers to the clean use of natural elements including lush foliage, wood and stone. Soaring open spaces, ranging from ARIA’s three-story lobby and casino to its standard-setting guest rooms, will fill with natural light and evoke breadth and freedom. Art and interior design will envelop guests in warm, comforting surroundings and provide a sense of human scale. Charting a new course for responsible growth in Las Vegas, CityCenter is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification. The resort casino’s design incorporates sustainable features including the extensive use of natural light, dramatically reducing lighting power requirements in guest rooms, and water-saving fixtures throughout.

ARIA will complement its striking architecture and sustainable design with high-end service and singular amenities. The resort will feature the casual comfort of bistros and cafes to culinary masterpieces from world-renowned chefs and restaurateurs. Guests also will enjoy ARIA’s dynamic collection of lounges, bars and nightclubs. For a day of relaxation, ARIA’s luxurious spa will offer a complete menu of skincare, massage and hydrotherapy treatments to be enjoyed in its 62 individual treatment rooms or three spa suites. The spa will be complemented by the resort’s full-service salon, barbershop, deluxe fitness room and group exercise studio. Guestrooms at ARIA will feature warm, neutral colors and floor-to-ceiling windows to capture remarkable desert sunsets and panoramic views of the dramatic Las Vegas skyline. Just outside ARIA’s lobby doors, The Crystals, CityCenter's retail and entertainment district, will house more than 500,000 square feet of sophisticated retail and deliver exclusive offerings from the world’s most celebrated brands.

ARIA Construction Facts:

  • Construction for ARIA began with a mass excavation in April 2006
  • Foundation was poured June 2006
  • ARIA's magnificent tower will be fully enclosed by December 2008
  • Total concrete for ARIA: 245,000 cubic yards
  • Construction workers have added one floor to ARIA every seven days since September 2007
  • At peak, approximately 1,700 construction workers will work on ARIA
  • ARIA is designed to achieve more than 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency over most buildings
  • In the resort casino, a minimum of 50 percent of all wood products used are FSC certified
  • Overall, ARIA will save an estimated 31 million gallons of water each year [overall savings of 34 percent within the building, 60 percent in outdoor landscaping (over existing building codes)].

About CityCenter
CityCenter is an unprecedented urban metropolis that will open in late 2009 on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. A joint venture between MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) and Dubai World, CityCenter is valued at more than $9 billion and will feature ARIA, a 61-story, 4,000-room gaming resort; three luxury non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental, The Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences and Vdara Condo Hotel; Veer Towers, the development’s only strictly residential buildings; approximately 2,600 condominium residences; and The Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. CityCenter also will feature a $40 million public fine art program with works by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others. CityCenter is a design collaboration between MGM MIRAGE and eight internationally acclaimed architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, Foster + Partners*, Studio Daniel Libeskind1, Rockwell Group and Gensler. Charting a new course for responsible growth in Las Vegas, MGM MIRAGE is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification at CityCenter. As planned, the 18-million-square foot, multi-use project will become one of the world’s largest environmentally sustainable urban communities. Dubai World, a major investment holding company which wholly owns or has substantial interest in a portfolio of businesses, owns 50 percent of CityCenter through its affiliates Infinity World (Cayman) L.P. and Infinity World Investments LLC. The Dubai World Group has more than 50,000 employees in over 100 cities around the globe. For more information about CityCenter, please visit For more information about MGM MIRAGE, please visit the company's Web site at
* As a consultant to AAI Architects, Inc.

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