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QOL 2020: Saudi Arabia launches entertainment revolution

RIYADH: After repealing a decades-long ban on cinemas only last year, Saudi Arabia has now launched an ambitious drive to become a culture and entertainment hub as part of sweeping modernisation plans. American film star Katie Holmes and British actor-cum-director Idris Elba rubbed shoulders with Saudi officials, as the kingdom on Thursday night kicked off an initiative to invest 130 billion riyals ($34.7 billion, 29 billion euros) in culture and leisure by 2020. The goal is to create "a true cultural industry,…

Saudis promised double the fun in drive to lure back tourist dollars

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will stage more than 5,000 shows, festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, as it tries to shake off its conservative image in a drive to keep tourist dollars at home and lure in visitors. The state wants to capture up to a quarter of the $20 billion currently spent overseas every year by Saudis seeking entertainment, lifting a ban on cinemas and putting on shows by Western artists. U.S. rapper Nelly performed in Jeddah in December, albeit to a men-only crowd, and Greek…

Saudi Arabia to spend billions on Western-style entertainment

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would have been unthinkable not long ago. Long known for its ultra-conservative mores, the kingdom has embarked on a wide-ranging programme of social and economic reforms driven by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. At a glitzy press conference in Riyadh, General Entertainment Authority (GEA) chief Ahmad bin Aqeel al-Khatib told reporters the kingdom is…

Actress Noor Khan shares childhood picture on Instagram; she isn’t alone

A lot of TV buffs would agree that the Sarah Khan, Noor Khan duo is the cutest to grace our television screens in recent times other than the powerful Sajal-Saboor duo. Sarah Khan made herself a household name with powerful performances in television plays like "Dil Nahi Manta" and more recently in "Tumhare Hein". Not long ago, her equally beautiful and equally talented sister Noor Khan forayed into modelling world and stunned everyone with her lovable looks. Industry biggies and fans wanted her to act in dramas…

AMC Entertainment signs deal to operate movie theatres in Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK: Giant US cinema chain AMC Entertainment has signed a deal to build and operate movie theatres in Saudi Arabia after the kingdom lifted a decades-old ban. The deal, announced by AMC in a statement and confirmed by Saudi state media on Tuesday, will see the company form a joint venture with Saudi Arabia's vast Public Investment Fund. No further details of the deal, including its financial conditions, were disclosed. AMC said it hoped to "put the industry's best foot forward" in Saudi Arabia as the country…

Teaser of Salman Khan’s Tubelight released, stirs up fan base

The teaser trailer of Salman Khan’s new historical drama Tubelight has stirred up his enormous fan base. The teaser met with an enthusiastic response and over 4.3 million views were recorded in first 15 hours after official release on Youtube. Khan’s character in the movie appears to be different than his usual macho, man of action persona. However, his role in the film is not much clear. Do bhai aa rahe hain... BUS do din mein! #2DaysForTubelightTeaser @TubelightKiEid @amarbutala @kabirkhankk @SKFilmsOfficial…

Fariha Pervez quits entertainment industry

KARACHI: Singer Fariha Pervez has decided to bid farewell to the entertainment industry. According to ARY News reporter Naeem Hanif, she made the reason due to personal reason. She was upset after her recent divorce with singer Nouman Javaid. Family sources mentioned that Pervez has started working as a property dealer and her plaza is under construction at Bahria Town Plaza in Lahore. She stated she will never step foot in the showbiz industry ever again and has left for the United States to start a new chapter…

Pakistan made smartphone application launched at Alliance Francaise

KARACHI: The launching ceremony of smartphone application was held at Karachi's Alliance Francaise on Thursday evening. Gorgeous Ayesha Omer was the host of the ceremony held to launch the Pakistan made application TapMad TV. The application provides live telecast of 140 TV channels at smartphone screens. Several prominent figures in the media and technology industry of the country including Founder of Planet N Nadeem Hussain, Founder of Rehan School Rehan Allahwala, Mahira Khan, Sara Haider graced the event with…

2016 – The world in pictures

The year 2016 has been a turbulent year to say the least as the world watched the world’s largest economy elect Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, and the United Kingdom exit the European Union. US President Barrack Obama will make his farewell appearance as critics look at the lasting effect of his presidency. The end of the Obama administration will leave a profound impact over the upcoming year. Trump is determined to erase the policies of Obama, while his handling of relations with Russia will…