Saudi Arabia begins building first opera theater

As part of reforms after concerts banned for 20 years

22 February, 20:02

    RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has begun building its first opera theater after a ban on concerts and music in restaurants for the past twenty years. The announcement was made on Thursday by the head of the General Authority for Entertainment Activities, Ahmad bin Aqil al-Khatib, and is part of a series of economic and social reforms set in motion by crown prince Mohammad bin Salman.
    Al-Khatib said that Riyadh would be investing 64 billion dollars in the entertainment industry over the next decade. The country recently announced that cinemas would be reopening next month after a ban on them for 35 years.

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