Saudi Arabia to lift 35-year ban on cinemas, Ministry of Information confirms Society 

Saudi Arabia to lift 35-year ban on cinemas, Ministry of Information confirms

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has announced to lift a decades-long ban on commercial cinemas as part of social reforms led by the crown prince. Cinema theaters will be allowed to operate in the Kingdom for the first time in 35 years. Awwad Alawwad, the information minister on Monday in a statement said: “As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom. We expect the first cinemas to open in March 2018.” The announcement comes as part of the Vision 2030…

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Saudi Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah released after $1 Billion Deal, Official Says Current Affairs 

Saudi Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah released after $1 Billion Deal, Official Says

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has released Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, one of the senior Saudi royals detained three weeks ago in an anti-corruption crackdown, after reaching an “acceptable settlement agreement” with authorities paying more than $1 billion, an official involved in the anti-graft campaign said on Tuesday. Prince Miteb was among dozens of royal family members, ministers and current and former senior officials who were rounded up in a graft inquiry at least partly aimed at strengthening the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. An official on condition of anonymity…

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