Movie theaters to be allowed in March in Saudi Arabia

(MENAFN)For the first time in more than 35 years, Saudi Arabia has finally announced it will allow movie theaters to open in the country next year, in line with the country's young crown prince new vision.

Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt are viewed as sinful by the eyes of many Saudi Arabia's clerics, and movie theaters were shut down in the 1980's during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country.

Since Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman ascended to power under his father, King Salman, he has made great changes in the society, like lifting a ban on women driving and bringing back concerts and other forms of entertainment.

Not only that, but the 32-year-old heir to the throne has also sought ways to enhance local spending and create jobs lowering oil prices.


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