In Saudi Arabia for the first time in 35 years, opens cinemas

In Saudi Arabia, 35 years later, will re-open in public cinemas. On Monday, December 11, reports The National.

According to the Minister of culture and information of the Kingdom of Awad bin Saleh al-Awad, has already begun issuing licenses. The opening is planned for March next year.

Public screening of films was banned in the Kingdom in the 1980s. Religious leaders believe public and entertainment “a hotbed of Vice” and urge young people to abandon them, reports TASS.

The Ministry of culture explained that the opening of cinemas “will be a catalyst for economic growth and diversification.” This step is performed in the framework of “Vision 2030”, promoted by the crown Prince of the Kingdom, Mohammed bin Salman. Under this program, the women in Saudi Arabia in 2018 will be allowed to drive cars, and attend sporting events.