Vue to open 30 KSA cinemas

Vue International is eyeing expansion in Saudi Arabia. (Photo courtesy of Vue)
Updated 13 February 2018

Vue to open 30 KSA cinemas

LONDON: Vue International will open up to 30 multiplex cinemas in Saudi Arabia over the next three years after signing a deal with Riyadh-based Abdulmohsin Al-Hokair Holding Group.
The official memorandum of understanding signed on Monday follows the announcement last December that Saudi Arabia would lift the ban on commercial cinemas for the first time in 35 years.
Vue International has been in talks with Riyadh since last October. The cinema chain was the only operator to be invited to the Future Investment Initiative event held that month.
“This is a huge moment in the history of global cinema development for the exhibition industry and we are honored to be partnering with such a well-regarded and prestigious operator,” said Tim Richards, founder and chief executive, Vue International in a statement.
“Cinema has been an exciting form of out-of-home entertainment for over 100 years and the opening up of the Kingdom is testament to the industry’s continuing growth and resilience.”
The first cinemas could be opened later this year, according to Vue International.
Al-Hokair Group is known in the region for building and operating leisure and hospitality complexes, and currently owns and operates three shopping centers, 79 entertainment centers and 45 hotels in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey and Egypt.


‘Come Dine with Me’ casting call now open in UAE

Updated 02 July 2020

‘Come Dine with Me’ casting call now open in UAE

  • Following the same format as the UK, every week each contestant will attempt to host the perfect evening for three strangers in their home

DUBAI: OSN, in collaboration with ITV Studios Middle East, is now accepting applications by UAE residents to take part in “Yalla Neta’asha,” the Arabic version of the widely loved British reality TV show “Come Dine with Me.”

Applicants can apply until July 17 by sending their name, address and mobile number to [email protected] for the unique opportunity to be part of the legendary show and win a valuable prize. To be eligible, applicants must be over 23 years of age and reside in the UAE.

Following the same format as the UK, every week each contestant will attempt to host the perfect evening for three strangers in their home, with the other guests rating the evening out of 10.

Each host will cook a starter dish, a main course and a dessert, followed by a grading session by the three guests of their hosting skills and the overall experience.

Each contestant believes that they are the ultimate host, but at the end of the week only one can be crowned the best host and walk away with a valuable prize.

Combining elements of authenticity, witty humor and fascinating guests makes the show one of the most relatable series to everyone.

The 45-episode series of “Yalla Neta’asha” will be live on OSN and the OSN streaming app weekly from Sunday to Thursday this autumn.