The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has officially established the General Commercial Gaming Regulatory Authority (GCGRA) as a federal authority tasked with implementing a world-class regulatory framework for the national lottery and commercial gaming. This significant development signals the UAE’s commitment to introducing a robust and responsible gaming industry.
Globally renowned regulator Kevin Mullally has been appointed as the CEO of GCGRA, bringing over three decades of experience in national and international gaming regulation to this pivotal role.
In his remarks, Mr. Mullally expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “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.”
The GCGRA is led by a team of accomplished leaders with international credentials, each possessing a proven track record and in-depth knowledge of global best practices in gaming regulation.
The Board of Directors is chaired by industry veteran Jim Murren, who welcomed Kevin Mullally’s appointment, highlighting his unparalleled expertise and the invaluable contribution he will make in crafting a fit-for-purpose regulatory framework for the UAE.
The primary mission of the GCGRA is to create a socially responsible and well-regulated gaming environment. It will ensure that all stakeholders adhere to stringent guidelines and uphold the highest standards. The authority will coordinate regulatory activities, oversee national licensing, and responsibly unlock the economic potential of the commercial gaming sector.
This move reflects the UAE’s commitment to fostering a responsible and structured gaming industry, aligning with global best practices and standards. The establishment of GCGRA marks a significant milestone in the UAE’s journey toward becoming a recognized player in the global gaming arena.