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Saudi official: Cinema sector will provide 90,000 jobs within 2 years

Saudi Arabia opened its first cinema on 18 April, more than three decades after banning them.

A Saudi official said his country’s film sector plans to provide some 90,000 jobs, permanent and part-time, to citizens of both sexes by 2020.

Chairman of the commercial centers’ committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Mohammed Alawi, said on Wednesday that they expected the number of cinemas in the kingdom to reach 2,000, Saudi Okaz newspaper reported.

Alawi explained that the jobs are easy and do not need specific skills, adding that many jobs will be part-time for young men and women.

Saudi Arabia opened its first cinema on 18 April, more than three decades after banning them.

Read: Saudis complain about high price of cinema tickets

The kingdom has been engulfed in social, cultural, political and economic changes driven by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 33.

Bin Salman pledged in October 2017 to return the kingdom to moderate Islam.

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