After 35 years Saudis will be able to go watch movies in theaters

first_imgSaudi Arabia has lifted ban on commercial cinemas. The ban lasted over three decades.According to media reports, the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information on Monday, December 11, said that from early next year commercial movie theaters will be granted licenses.The first cinemas in the country are expected to open in March 2018.More about the resolutionThe step is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 social and economic reform programmeThe opening of movie theaters, the Saudi government is hoping will act as a catalyst for economic growth and will create new employment opportunities along with giving Saudis a vast range of entertainment optionsThe Ministry of Culture said that it plans to have 300 cinemas with more than 2000 screens by 2030Read: Finally, women can drive in Saudi Arabia The country’s crown prince has already relaxed certain restrictionslike lifting the ban on women to drive and allowing them the permissionto enter the country’s sporting venues.Also, men and women have already started mixing at major conferences, and the kingdom also hosted music concerts this year.Why were the movie theaters shut down in Saudi Arabia?Movie theaters were shut down in the 1980’s during a wave of ultra-conservatism in the country. Many of Saudi Arabia’s clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt as sinful.(Main image source: abc.net.au)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img