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Saudi Arabia Plans to Host Pamplona-Style “Running of the Bulls”

Saudi Arabia News
by Eben Diskin Jan 24, 2019

Although Saudi Arabia inspires more fear than laughter these days, the kingdom is attempting to turn around its reputation of rigidity and become a world-class entertainment hub. And one of the ways Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al-Shaikh, the head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, is trying to do so is by taking a page out of Spain’s playbook and hosting a Pamplona-style “running of the bulls.”

In addition to the bull run, KSA also intends to host many other events, including e-gaming tournaments, a Jay-Z concert, musicals like Aladdin and The Lion King, an NBA game, magic shows (even though sorcery and witchcraft are punishable by death), and religious-inspired spectacles such as a Quranic recitation contest and a competition for the most beautiful Muslim call to prayer. Plans to open a Madame Tussauds wax museum are also in the works.

Turning Saudi Arabia into an global entertainment destination may be a tough nut to crack after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 in what some think was a murder organized by the Saudi government.

No specific details such as dates and location have been provided yet on any of the proposed events.

H/T: BBC News

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