Saudi Arabia announces it will build its first opera house

The ambassador, while thanking the chairman and his fellow members of the Shoura for inviting him to the meeting, lauded the farsighted and pragmatic leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman for taking the bilateral relations to new heights. His org is "proud to be one of the drivers of transformation in the Kingdom, through its clear objective to build a world-class entertainment industry that will put the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the global tourism and entertainment map". Arab Fashion Week will be held in Riyadh at the Apex Center, which was designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid.

Listed as an global fashion week alongside Paris and Milan, the twice-yearly Arab Fashion Week offers exclusively see-now-buy-now collections and pre-collections.

The announcement was made at a glitzy press conference in Riyadh. "As the vehicle for a comprehensive range of entertainment options in Saudi Arabia, the General Entertainment Authority is proud to support an event that seeks to bring people together in a mutual appreciation of the power of fashion and art". While the current percentage of Saudi Arabian women working happens to be 22%, Prince Mohamad Bin Salman said that he aims to raise it to 33% by 2030. Women were recently granted the right to drive and attend football matches.

He conveyed the gratitude of the government and the people of Pakistan for hosting a large Pakistani expatriate community in Saudi Arabia.

During the last season of Arab Fashion Week, Tony Ward showcased the spring/summer 2018 Ready-Couture collection at City Walk Dubai.

  • Joey Payne