if true, not a good look for Iran - its regional foe Saudi Arabia meanwhile is hosting a music festival headlined by twerking queen Nicki Minaj (Mariah Carey performed there recently) as the Kingdom is looking to diversify revenues by growing its entertainment and arts 🎭 sector.
2. With France’s help, Saudi Arabia is getting opera. Cinema has arrived too, thanks to a $65 billion entertainment fund, part of a hugely ambitious project by Mohammed bin Salman - “Vision 2030” - to shock the oil-dependent kingdom into economic dynamism. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43703236 …
3. The 33 year old Saudi Crown Prince “MbS” wants to infuse more Western culture into the famously conservative kingdom, while reducing reliance on oil, by increasing household spending on culture and entertainment. Last year, Canada’s Cirque du Soleil performed in Riyadh.
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