Saudi Arabia will allow cinemas in 2018

Saudi Arabia will allow cinemas in 2018

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Saudi Arabia’s ministry of culture and information has said it will lift the three-decade ban on commercial cinemas and start issuing licences with plans to open the first cinemas in March 2018.

This news comes as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s new social and economic reform programme which recently made headlines when it was announced that Saudi women would be allowed to drive.

The culture ministry said the move was “central to the government’s programme to encourage an open and rich domestic culture for Saudis”. “Opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification,” said Culture Minister Awwad Alawwad, “by developing the broader cultural sector we will create new employment and training opportunities, as well as enriching the kingdom’s entertainment options.”

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