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Saudi Arabia Seeks to Become Top Global Entertainment Destination

Saudi Arabia Seeks to Become Top Global Entertainment Destination

Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 - 06:30
The General Entertainment Authority presents its vision of the sector in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al Al-Sheikh launched on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s new vision to become among the top four entertainment destinations in Asia and among the top ten globally.

During a press conference in Riyadh, he revealed a number of agreements and partnerships with local and international bodies in the entertainment sector.

The event was attended by a number of princes, dignitaries and journalists from local and international media.

Al Al-Sheikh stressed that the Kingdom’s leadership is keen on developing the entertainment sector and improve the standard of living for the Saudi people.

He unveiled a number of upcoming events, including one scheduled for the holy month of Ramadan. It will feature a competition for the best recitation of the Holy Quran. The event is open to all nationalities and the winner will receive a prize of 5 million Saudi riyals.

In a gesture to honor the Saudi art, he announced the establishment of an initiative to hold a poetry evening for Prince Badr bin Abdulmohsen. He also announced the honoring of late artists Abu Bakr Salem and Talal Madah. Artist Mohammed Abdo will also be honored through the production of 100 songs using hologram. He also revealed the launch of the "King of Oud Competition" with Abadi Al-Jawhar.

In television entertainment, he announced the Kingdom's hosting of "Takeshi's Castle", a popular competition show that has been adapted in many countries throughout the world. A Saudi version of the popular singing show “The Voice” is also in the works. Negotiations are also underway to hold an NBA game in the Kingdom.

Al Al-Sheikh stressed that the absolute priority is to provide job opportunities for Saudis in all areas provided by the entertainment sector.

He then signed four Memorandums of Understanding with the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises, and Silah Company to attract international events.

Agreements were signed with a number of local and international companies that will organize the Authority's events, including Italian company Balich, Japanese AVEX, Broadway Entertainment, and 1001 Inventions.

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