Saudi cinema brand opens its first branch

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The Minister of Media cut the ribbon during the opening. (SPA)
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Al-Shabana watched a movie on one of the cinema’s 15 screens. (SPA)
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The Minister of Media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Sha
Updated 08 August 2019

Saudi cinema brand opens its first branch

  • The Saudi Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabana attended the opening
  • The new cinema belongs to Saudi brand and is fully managed by nationals

DUBAI: The first Saudi cinema brand opened its maiden branch on Tuesday in Jeddah, state news agency SPA reported.

Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabana attended the opening of Muvi Cinema in Mall of Arabia, and watched a movie on one of its screens.

The 15-screen cinema is fully managed by a team of Saudi nationals.

“Honestly, this is an amazing achievement, I am happy it is a Saudi brand and it is something that inspires pride,” Al-Shabana said.

There is an intertwined relationship between the Quality of Life program and society, he added.

The partnership between Movie Cinema and Quality of Life program falls into the Saudi Vision 2030 plans, as it promises to build cinema complexes throughout the Kingdom.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.