Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Al-Awwad said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following the session that the Cabinet reiterated its keenness to restore stability in Iraq.
It says it wants to capture up to a quarter of the $20 billion now spent overseas by Saudis seeking entertainment abroad, lifting a ban on cinemas and putting on shows by Western artists. "We are not talking about plans Implementation has begun and we will continue to reach the desired level and achieve the highest worldwide standards", he said through the entertainment Authority's official Twitter account. Construction for an opera house in Riyadh has also commenced, said Al-Khatib. And next month, the kingdom is planning to open the country's first movie theatre after a more than 35-year-ban.
The Cabinet also noted the Kingdom's announcement of an allocation of $500 million for reconstruction projects in Iraq during the recent Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq.
"We will invest 240 billion [Saudi] riyals over 10 years", Ahmed al-Khateeb, head of the General Entertainment Authority, said, adding that the amount will come from both the government and investors.
To pledge their support for raising women'sÂ role in society, a Saudi musical operetta entitled "Daughters of Salman" will be held at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh to celebrate Womanâ€™s Day on March 2, Arab media reported.
He said our defense and economic relations with Saudi Arabia have deepened while we are cooperating with Iran in anti-terrorism efforts.