Saudi Arabia to reopen cinemas after 35-year ban

Cairo: Saudi nationals have reason to cheer. From early next year, cinemas will be reopened in the kingdom ending a 35-year ban, the ministry of culture and information said on Monday. The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 and aims to “encourage an open and rich domestic culture for Saudis”. Culture Minister Awwad Alawwad described the decision as a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the kingdom. He said opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification, develop the cultural sector, create new jobs and enrich Saudi’s entertainment options. At least 300 cinemas will be opened by 2030.  Earlier, the government had passed a decree allowing women to drive from June next year.