St. Julian’s is now a major residential and tourist centre, and home to some of Malta’s newest hotels. It is now an extension of Sliema although it started life as a small fishing port based on Spinola and Balluta Bays. St. Julian’s merges with Paceville, Malta’s main nightlife centre where there are clubs, casinos and numerous restaurants, cafes and bars. Picturesque Spinola Bay is still used by fishermen whose traditional boats are housed just below the restaurants. The bay is particularly attractive at night and as a venue for open-air dining. The elegant Spinola Palace, built in 1658 by an Italian knight, Giovanni Spinola, is the landmark historic building on the bay. Another fine building with superb sea views is Villa Dragonara, now a casino, on the headland of St. George’s Bay.
The Portomaso Business Tower (the Tower) is the tallest building in Malta. The Tower stands in the Portomaso section of St. Julian’s, a town just north of Malta’s capital city, Valletta. Opened in 2001, the Tower is 98 metres (322 ft) tall, with 23 floors of mixed commercial office space.
The first six floors of the Tower have 465 square metres (5,010 sq ft) of floor space, while the remaining floors have 295 m2 (3,180 sq ft) each. The main floor is occupied by a shopping centre while the top floor of the building is a nightclub with balconies affording views of the island nation.
Built in 1870 as the summer residence of the Marquis Scicluna the Dragonara Palace opened as Malta’s first Casino in 1964. The Dragonara Casino was one of the first major projects to establish Malta as a prime tourist destination.
Now in its 50th year of operation, the Dragonara Casino is managed by Dragonara Gaming Limited; the leading land based gaming operator in Malta. Since taking over the Dragonara Casino in July 2010, Dragonara Gaming Limited has invested more than €15 million to transform and restore the Casino into one of the most prestigious Gaming properties in the Mediterranean. Approximately 350,000 patrons visit the Casino each year making the Dragonara the foremost Casino in Malta.
Dragonara Gaming Limited has grand plans for the Casino as it continues to invest in the property with the aim of creating the most prestigious and established Gaming Venues in Europe. The company is undertaking a multi-million euro investment to convert the building at the northern tip of the Dragonara Peninsula into a multi-purpose Entertainment and Gaming venue like no other in Southern Europe. The new venue to be inaugurated in the fourth quarter of 2014 will include a Poker Venue equipped to host the most significant Global International Poker tournaments, Private Gaming for high-rollers and an Entertainment spot including a beach club during to be used in the summer months.