But hammered by the plunge in global oil prices that began in 2014, Saudi Arabia's government is trying to diversify its economy by focusing more on technology and entertainment.
The latest social reform by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman led to an outpouring of joy on Twitter, with Saudis posting images of buckets of popcorn and GIFs of people dancing, fainting and crying.
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information announced on December 11 that it would allow cinemas to operate beginning in early 2018, 35 years after Risky Business and Flashdance made a splash in theaters.
Dubai-based conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim, which owns the Vox Cinemas chain, has already said it wants to open the first movie theatre in the kingdom.
The Saudi General Authority for Audiovisual Media, which is headed by Culture and Information Minister Awwad Saleh Alawwad, approved to begin granting licenses to cinemas in the kingdom within a period that does not exceed 90 days.
"Opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification". In addition, it is still unclear whether cinemas will largely cater to Hollywood, Bollywood, or Saudi Arabian films, and whether theaters will segregate women and men.
The lifting of the cinema ban is part of the Vision 2030 plan, which officials hope will see Saudi household spending on culture & entertainment rise from 2.9% to 6% by 2030.
"It's spectacular news. We are in a state of shock", Saudi actor and producer Hisham Fageeh told the A.P.
The government said the films would be censored to make sure they remain "in line with values and principles in place and do not contradict Sharia Laws and moral values in the kingdom".
The Saudi government announced on Monday that the first theatres could start showing films as early as March, part of a liberalising reform drive that has opened the door to concerts, comedy shows and women drivers in the past year.
By forming an anti-corruption committee, the Crown Prince ordered the detention of senior princes and businessmen, in what media described as a massive purge.
More than 15 injuries were reported at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli shelling of various locations. The move was a break with the worldwide community, which has traditionally recognized Tel Aviv as the country's capital.
The plane crashed into a home in the 6000 block of Chandler Street, according to Monica Munoz with San Diego Fire-Rescue. Officials said that the plane was a six-seat Beech B36 Bonanza, and it took off from nearby Montgomery Field.
It now seems that there is a possibility to discover additional terror tunnels, which challenges Hamas from restraining itself. An IDF spokesperson announced that the tunnel ran from Khan Younis several hundred feet into Israel's Eshkol region.
And when he was hospitalized with chest pains, Weigel wrote , "I hope he fails", according to The Daily Caller. He acknowledged it was a "bad tweet" from his personal account and said it was "very fair" to call him out.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's stolen emails, also noted in the email , were also published on September 13. Congress is trying to figure out whether there is a link between those communications and the decryption key email.
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Zaira was flying to India's financial capital through Air Vistara. " Zaira Wasim is a courageous girl, braver than all", he said. Even Babita Phogat, whose elder sister's role was played by Zaira in Dangal , has stood up for her.
The disclosure of Strzok's political leanings raised questions from critics about the objectivity of Mueller's investigation. I think what frustrates some folks is when Director Comey wanted a special counsel for President Trump, he leaked.
The WWE's Domestic Violence policy from their corporate website says that upon arrest, superstars will be suspended. Swann and Yung have been married for nine months after being in a romantic relationship for about five years.
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Users of Apple's iPhone with the Shazam app installed can say: "Hey Siri, what's that song?" and the app will identify it. For over other 1 billion downloads, Shazam has been familiar in its independence of around 19 years.
Warner Bros . finally cut an actual full length trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One . We got our first look at the movie when the teaser trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer.
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Her reaction after being forced by the flight attendant to return to her seat left the co-passengers and crew shocked. The station also announced that Curbelo is now booked in the Sacramento county jail for making criminal threats.
The Met Office has issued a yellow "plan ahead" warning for snow and ice for much of Scotland for Friday and Saturday. Forecasting maps show that between three and five inches could fall in Wales and the West Midlands over the weekend.
The area is home to Art Basel-related events, which draws celebrities from around the world, the newspaper reports . A video circulated on social media showed Buress handcuffed against a Miami patrol vehicle and talking to officers.
There have been several road closures in the last 24 hours due to snow and icy conditions, and almost 200 schools shut on Friday. The Met Office said: "A spell of heavy snow is possible over some central parts of the United Kingdom during Sunday".
Kizer threw a sloppy interception, his second of the game, to start OT - giving the Packers the ball in Cleveland territory. Kizer was 1-for-10 with two interceptions throwing to wide receivers in the end zone before his touchdown pass to Gordon.
In East Jerusalem, Israeli police attempted to break up a few dozen Palestinians protesting on a main shopping street. But they are also Israeli citizens who largely reject the notion of becoming part of a future Palestinian state.
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However, she merely countersued and wanted $1 as a way to make a point; the point that it isn't about the money, it's the message. The multiple instances of relentless whistleblowing rippled all throughout Hollywood, affecting other industries as it raged on.