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Saudi Arabia reveals plan to expand network of new entertainment hubs

Saudi Entertainment Ventures Company plans complexes in Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Taif, Yanbu, Al-Kharj, Buraydah, Abha and Khamis, Jazan, Al Hamra and Al Nahda, near Riyadh, Dammam, and Al Khobar

Saudi Arabia reveals plan to expand network of new entertainment hubs

Al Nahda, near Riyadh, one of entertainment complexes Saudi Entertainment Ventures Company is building.

The Saudi Entertainment Ventures Company (Seven) on Tuesday announced plans for the expansion of new entertainment complexes to prime locations across the kingdom.

Established by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and mandated to invest, develop and operate entertainment destinations in Saudi Arabia, Seven said the new complexes will "meet the fast-growing tourism sector and contribute to realising the goals outlined in Saudi Vision 2030".

It added that each complex will feature several entertainment and leisure choices including cinemas, play areas, rides, F&B, and attractions.

Seven said it will develop several entertainment complexes in Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Taif, Yanbu, Al-Kharj, Buraydah, Abha and Khamis, Jazan, Al Hamra and Al Nahda (near Riyadh), Dammam, and Al Khobar.

Abdullah Al Dawood, chairman of Seven, said the company is building the entertainment ecosystem of the kingdom, having opened the first cinema in Saudi Arabia in 35 years.

“We have a clearly structured development plan to build 20 entertainment destinations, 50 cinemas and two large theme parks in prime locations across the kingdom.

“We are committed to realising the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 to accelerate the creation of world-class entertainment assets in the kingdom that support economic diversification, create new jobs, and contribute to socio-economic progress. Our complexes will position the kingdom as an entertainment, culture and tourism hub of the region,” he added.

Seven made the announcement at the second Future Projects Forum 2020, organised by the Saudi Contractors Authority to showcase the future projects in the kingdom.

The final names, themes, components and features of the various entertainment complexes will be revealed in due course, a statement said.

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