Saudi filmmaker Maan B. talks to DW's Brent Goff about the significance of the first cinema in the conservative kingdom in 35 years
The measure has been passed by the Cabinet and an advisory council, and will become law with a royal decree. The country is making some piecemeal reforms, including ending its notorious ban on women driving.
The ultraconservative kingdom is trying to expand entertainment opportunities for its young population. As many as 350 cinemas are planned by 2030.
Reforms in Saudi Arabia taking place under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman include lifting a 35-year ban on cinemas in the desert nation. A showing of "Black Panther" is scheduled for a test screening in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia will soon begin issuing tourist visas and opening up one of the last frontiers of global tourism — a sector touted as the desert kingdom's "white oil".
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