From The Report: Saudi Arabia 2022
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The cultural and economic reforms undergone by Saudi Arabia since 2016 are perhaps most visible in the entertainment sector. For over three decades entertainment and cultural outlets, such as cinemas, art galleries and theatres, were banned. So too were artistic practices including film-making and live music. Since being elevated to a position of executive importance, however, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has lifted restrictions and targeted the creation of a vibrant arts and entertainment scene as a means to propel tourism, improve the quality of life for citizens and raise international awareness of Saudi Arabia’s increasingly open economy. This chapter contains an interview with Turki Alalshikh, Chairman, General Entertainment Authority.