IN PICTURES: First look at Birmingham's mammoth Resorts World

With 50 shops, 12 restaurants, five bars, a spa, hotel, casino, conference room and IMAX cinema, Resorts World is being billed as the ultimate holiday destination.

IN PICTURES: First look at Birmingham's mammoth Resorts World

But this is no city break - as the huge complex is sat in the sprawling NEC on the outskirts of Birmingham.

The £150 million development - the first of its kind in Europe - is set to attract people of all ages from across the country.

And the Express & Star got a glimpse inside as the finishing touches are applied before it is opened to the public next Wednesday.

The first thing that stood out was the sheer size and scale of it all. Standing at 12 stories high and covering some 540,000 square feet, it is no wonder Barry Clemo, the man overseeing the whole project, described it as 'mammoth'.

Resorts World at the NEC

The site is home to some 45, soon to be 50, outlet stores, twelve restaurants, five bars, a spa, hotel, casino, conference room and IMAX cinema.

As Mr Clemo added: "I think people will be blown away".

Bosses wanted people to have access to everything they would need on one site - from shopping, to nightlife, and somewhere to sleep.

Barry Clemo is business director for Genting, who are behind Resorts World

The ground floor consists of what Genting bosses call the 'daytime offer'.

The 45 outlet stores, which will become 50 in 2016, form the backbone of this.

They are in a semi-circle around the ground floor with Nike, H&M, Gap and Next taking up the biggest units.

Other stores include Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green clothing, a brand new Lego clothing shop for children, Thorntons chocolates and Jeff Banks.

Mr Clemo, the business director for Genting who are behind Resorts World, said: "The 21st is when we open the doors to the public and we call that 'coming to life'.

"It's the daytime experience that we're promoting on the 21st so if you were to come and visit you would see over two thirds of the retail shops open, three or four of the restaurants and you would be able to enjoy that experience and soak up the atmosphere."

Upstairs is the 'night time offer', which is due to open steadily after the soft launch on Wednesday.

The Express & Star was given a guided tour of two of the bars, the World Bar and the Highline bar, as well as the casino, which is one of the largest in the UK.

The Highline bar is inspired by New York and will offer an American experience, while the World Bar, stocking 40 different kinds of beer and cider from across the world, is seen as a quick stop for gig goers.

The Highline bar is inspired by New York

Another bar the Express & Star was shown around was the Rabita Bar and Grill. The Australian/Asian inspired restaurant will offer breakfast to hotel guests up to 10am before opening up to the public for lunch and dinner.

The casino, which is only one of three in the UK to have received a large casino licence, features a sports bar with 14 separate booths for sports fans with 60 channels to choose from.

There is also a sportsbook in the bar for customers who wish to place real time bets on the sport they are watching.

The Cineworld cinema, which features 11 screens and the first purpose built IMAX screen in the UK, forms a key part of this offer and will open on the Friday.

The hotel, featuring 178 four star standard rooms, will open on November 2 along with the spa, which features a pool, outside hot tub and salt cave.

The hotel spa's outdoor hot tub

Mr Clemo said: "I want people in the city to come out here. The New York Bar is fantastic, it's about the whole New York experience and it's one place I particularly love.

"The World Bar is fabulous with its beers from all around the world. The Sky bar is the jewel in the crown at the top of the building. The Bottega bar is a Prosecco and Italian tapas bar.

"These bars are fantastic and they're all different and they're all under one roof.

"Coming out of the city or anywhere in the West Midlands I think people will be amazed."

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