Third Cinema Operating License Awarded in Saudi Arabia as Entertainment Sector Heats Up

Saudi Arabia is preparing to pump $64 billion into its entertainment industry.
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Information and Chairman of the General Authority for Audiovisual Media Dr. Awwad Al-Awad awarded the third cinema operation license to the Al-Rashed United Group — Empire Cinema as the Kingdom's entertainment sector heats up.

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Saudi Cinema

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