"This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the kingdom", said Information Minister Awwad Alawwad in a statement.
The Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information said this week that it would lift the ban on cinemas, which has been in place for more than 35 years, by March 2018.
The decision is a part of the young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030, a program created to socially reform the country. Dubai-based mall operator Majid Al Futtaim, which owns VOX Cinemas, said it wanted to open the first movie theatre there.
Saudi Arabia's bold reforms have met opposition from hardliners, who believe movie theaters threaten the country's religious and cultural identity. Cinemas have been been illegal since the early 1980s when Islamic laws were tightened in response to the threat of growing fundamentalism in the kingdom, says the Financial Times.
Since then, people have used their television sets, DVD's or the internet as their primary sources of entertainment.
The crown prince is behind measures such as lifting a ban on women driving, starting next year, and bringing back concerts and other forms of entertainment to satiate the desires of the country's young population.
John Mayer underwent an emergency appendectomy Tuesday morning, forcing the rocker to postpone a New Orleans Dead & Company show. People magazine reported that Mayer, 40, has been touring with the band, an offshoot of the Grateful Dead , this fall.
Trump said the United States has "thousands of people right now under surveillance", without offering more details. A large number of Alabama residents were in the audience at Trump's rally at the packed Pensacola Bay Center.
Tremors were also felt in Tamil Nadu's Chennai and Uttarakhand's Chamoli, indicating that the seismic event occured pan-India. A magnitude 5.5 natural disaster tremors hit parts of Uttarakhand Wednesday.
Ionis Pharmaceuticals said the results would be presented at conferences and in a peer reviewed journal in the first half of 2018. To deliver the drug to the brain, it has to be injected into the fluid around the spine once a month using a four-inch needle.
In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The institute's Top Safety Pick+ winners include small cars , midsize cars , large luxury cars and midsize SUVs .
However, NBC is pushing back, saying that the contract is void because Lauer was sacked "with cause", a.k.a. Three women are known to have filed formal complaints with NBC this week about Lauer's alleged wrongdoing.
Swann's wife reportedly ran from the auto and Swann emerged to follow her while yelling for his wife to return to the vehicle . WWE and 205 Live star Rich Swann has been arrested by police and suspended by the WWE after an altercation with his wife.
The Miami Police Department has not released details about the arrest, including the police report , but did say on Twitter, "Mr. Additionally, the actor refused to enter the police vehicle on his own volition, so the officials had to force him inside.
Cathay Pacific's crew reported seeing the weapon re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, while Korean Air said its pilots "saw a flash". Amid reports that North Korea is testing nuclear missiles , airlines are rerouting flight paths to avoid North Korean airspace.
Snowstorm Halts Flights at Heathrow Airport
Germany and France were were also hit by snow, and flurries were even seen as far south as Venice in northern Italy. Planes have been grounded at Heathrow as heavy snow across the United Kingdom causes travel chaos.
Al Franken announces resignation from the Senate
Texas Democrats said Thursday that they won't give back campaign money generated from a fundraiser headlined by disgraced Sen. Senate came on the heels of yet another accuser coming forward with charges of untoward sexual conduct.
Amazon Prime Video App And Apple TV Finally Come Together
Prime Video requires tvOS 11.1 or higher, which can be downloaded in Settings System Software Update on your Apple TV. Presently, if a user tries to buy a film or TV show via Amazon's iOS app , he or she is directed to Amazon's website.
Supreme Court deeply divided over gay wedding cake
The Fourteenth Court of Appeals sent the matter back to the lower court for a decision in line with that ruling. And that was despite a dissent from Trump's most recently appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset goes official
The laptop comes with Qualcomm's X16 LTE modem with speeds up to 1gbps, which is 3-7 times faster than average broadband speeds. Battery life that lasts days means you can charge your PC as little as once a week, and not have to carry around power cords.
Mega Man X Series Hitting Nintendo Switch in 2018
Based on the trailer, the game has only two major changes from its predecessors, and they both relate to the art style. Second, Capcom confirmed that the Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 and 2 would be coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018.