Saudi preacher: Entertainment Authority attempts to distract society and strip its identity
Saudi preacher Omar al-Muqbel launched an attack on General Authority for Entertainment and its activities in the kingdom, warning of the consequences of removing the society from its identity.
Al-Muqbel said : “We are not against entertainment if it is within the Sharia laws.”
He added: “We are not against entertainment, but against the stripping the society from its identity in the name of entertainment”
The Kingdom approved in 2016 a new organization of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, reducing its powers, prevents it from arresting people.
The entertainment sector has witnessed tremendous developments since the establishment of its own body in 2016, in conjunction with important social and economic transformations in the country.
The kingdom decided on December 11 to allow the opening of cinemas after a ban of more than three decades, and is expected to open cinema halls in March.
The Saudi Vision 2030 aims to raise the contribution of the entertainment sector to GDP from 3% to 6%.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in previous statements, said that his country aims to settle 50% of the entertainment sector; citizens spend $ 22 billion on entertainment abroad annually.
Saudi Arabia has recently witnessed a series of decisions to abandon a number of official laws and customs adopted by the country for decades, most notably allowing women to drive, entering football stadiums, and allowing them to travel without the permission of a guardian.