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Topic # 222631 21-Aug-2017 16:15
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I just learned today that Saudi Arabia had banned movies theatres in the 1980's, and they're still banned!

"Saudi entertainment chief sees cinemas returning, eventually"
Reuters | Published — Friday 28 April 2017

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will one day open cinemas and build a world-class opera house, the man spearheading the kingdom’s entertainment reforms said on Thursday, downplaying opposition by powerful religious authorities to changes they see as sinful.

The kingdom had some cinemas in the 1970s but the clerical establishment persuaded the authorities to close them, reflecting rising Islamist influence throughout the Arab region at the time.

Cinemas are still banned. And while concerts have started to be held this year, they remain frowned on by clerics.

But the government has promised a shake-up of the cultural scene with a set of "Vision 2030" reforms announced by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz last year, aimed at creating jobs and opening up Saudis' cloistered lifestyles.

The changes are also intended to capture up to a quarter of the $20 billion currently spent overseas by Saudis, who are accustomed to travelling abroad to see shows and visit amusement parks in nearby tourist hub Dubai or further afield."

...http://www.arabnews.com/node/1091441/saudi-arabia


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  Reply # 1849905 21-Aug-2017 16:35
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One great reason to live in a country where religion and government are two separate things.


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  Reply # 1849950 21-Aug-2017 17:59
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DarthKermit:

 

One great reason to live in a country where religion and government are two separate things.

 

 

And to be extra vigilant to ensure it stays that way


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