Saudi’s first ever opera house will be built with the help of France in a new agreement, as announced by Arab News on Monday. The news comes a day after HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Paris on Sunday.
The Kingdom plans to utilise the French expertise in setting up the first national opera and orchestra to better modernise the Kingdom, as part of Crown Prince MBS’ Vision 2030 aims.
BREAKING: France and Saudi Arabia sign agreement to help the kingdom build its first opera house.
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) April 9, 2018
France’s cultural minister confirmed the news on Monday with this statement…
Today an agreement was signed with the Paris Opera to help Saudi Arabia set up a national orchestra and an opera.
French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen (via Arab News)
Saudi is going to take part in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival next month
AFP News Agency also announced on the same day that next month’s Cannes film festival will pave way for Saudi Arabia to show films for the first time. Brace yourselves, creatives of the Kingdom!
The time has come.
#BREAKING Saudi Arabia to show films for first time at Cannes festival next month: Saudi minister
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 9, 2018
MBS arrived to Paris on Sunday for a three-day visit
His Royal Highness was welcomed at the airport by Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. A little more than a dozen memorandums of understanding in different sectors like tourism and transport are planned to be signed between the two nations’ organisations, reports RFI.