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Saudi Arabia is taking yet another step in the direction of sweeping social and economic reforms.
After allowing women to drive in June 2018 and letting them into sport stadiums, the kingdom’s ministry of information and culture announced that cinemas will open from early 2018, for the first time since the 1980s, more than 35 years ago.
The initiative is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s so-called Vision 2030, an ambitious package of social-economic reforms to diversify the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy and return it to moderate Islam.
The first cinemas expect to be opened in March 2018. Saudis have welcomed the news on social media, reacting with tears, memes or dance moves.