Construction continues on MGM Mirage's CityCenter project in Las Vegas Nevada November 19, 2009. The Aria hotel-casino, the centerpiece of the company's $8.5 billion development, was licensed by the Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday. Properties in the project, a partnership of MGM Mirage and Dubai World, will begin to open in December. 

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Construction continues on MGM Mirage's CityCenter project in Las Vegas Nevada November 19, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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MGM Mirage executives cut a ribbon during the opening of the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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The Vdara Hotel & Spa is seen during the opening of the condo-hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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A painting by artist Frank Stella hangs behind the front desk during the opening of the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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Waiters arrange place settings at the tables at the Silk Road restaurant during the opening of the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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A water feature is seen in a meditation area for both men and women during the opening of the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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A meditation room for both men and women is seen in the spa during the opening of the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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Light fixtures and a painting by Peter Wegner are seen in the concierge lobby during the opening of the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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The women's spa area is seen during the opening of the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus
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People look out of the window in room of a Panoramic Suite during the opening of the Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus