Saudi Arabia was the Arab cinema’s big Empty Quarter until its energetic new leader decided to hurl the
KSA into the 21st Century in a makeover that includes a plan to invest $64 billion – yes, that’s billion –
into the entertainment sector over the next decade including the opening of two thousand movie screens.
While this falls under Ahmed’s purview, Crown Prince MBS has made his presence felt by briefly arresting
the country’s media moguls and supposedly pressuring MBC to drop the purchase of 6 Turkish serial dramas
because of tensions with Turkey.