SAUDI ARABIA (OBSERVATORY) – After 35 years of ban, cinemas open their doors in Saudi Arabia. For example, the opening ceremony of a four-screen cinema complex took place Monday night in Riyadh.
The Vox Cinemas cinemas franchise opened a four-screen complex on Monday night in Riyadh , marking the beginning of a massive program to open 600 screens in five years from now. kind of entertainment had been banned for 35 years, writes the weekly Arabian Business.
The inauguration of the new cinema comes two weeks after the first screening in a cinema in Saudi Arabia that took place Friday, April 20.
“Tonight’s ceremony marks a historic moment in the transformation of the Saudi economy as part of the Vision 2030 plan,” said Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad.
Since 2016, the country has turned to tourism and entertainment with the aim of diversifying its economy to end its dependence on oil exports.
In September, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a decree authorizing women to drive, overthrowing a long-standing policy regarded as a symbol of oppression.