The project is the brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who also attended the launch ceremony. AFP
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman has launched construction of an "entertainment city" near Riyadh, part of a series of multibillion dollar projects aimed at helping the oil-dependent kingdom diversify its economy.The kingdom this month hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years, having lifted a decadeslong ban on cinemas last year.In February, Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority said it would stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double last year's figure, and pump more than $64 billion into the sector in the coming decade.
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