After the end of the driving ban for women, it is the turn of the cinema. Saudi Arabia announced Monday its intention to allow the opening of theaters after 35 years of prohibition.

The Saudi Arabia has decided to authorize the opening of public cinemas since 2018, ending a ban on these performance venues in the Kingdom for over thirty-five years.

“This is a key moment in the development of the cultural economy in the country,” Minister of Culture Awad al-Awad said in a statement on Monday. The authorities will issue operating permits now, he added.