The Sahara Hotel and Casino, one of the oldest landmarks on Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, US, has closed because of a lack of business after competition from other casino resorts in the city proved too strong.

SBE Entertainment chief operating officer Sam Nazarian, who bought the property in 2007, announced its closing in March after finding it “no longer economically viable” to operate.

The casino hotel offered 1,720 guestrooms and suites, and a 7,896m² casino.

The hotel, which was built by Del Webb, was opened in 1952 by casino owner and developer Milton Prell.