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Saudi Arabia to Build First Opera House

Image: Saudi Arabia to Build First Opera House
Downtown in the city of Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, where an opera house will soon be built. (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/Sputnik via AP)

Thursday, 22 February 2018 01:13 PM

A Saudi Arabia opera house will soon be in the works, marking the first intance of such a venue in the kingdom where concerts have been banned for two decades, along with music in restaurants and stores.

The kingdom has been relaxing its decades-old restrictions on entertainment and fun, as part of a wider effort spearheaded by the young crown prince to boost the economy and increase household spending domestically.

Thursday’s announcement says the opera house will be built in the Red Sea city of Jiddah on the kingdom’s western coast. The city, a gateway for millions of Muslim pilgrims from around the world, is seen as more liberal and ethnically diverse than the landlocked capital of Riyadh.

Next month, the kingdom is planning to open the country’s first movie theater after a more than 35-year-ban.

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A Saudi Arabia opera house will soon be in the works, marking the first intance of such a venue in the kingdom where concerts have been banned for two decades, along with music in restaurants and stores.
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Thursday, 22 February 2018 01:13 PM
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