RIYADH – Turki bin Abdul Mohsen Al Sheikh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and Adviser to the Royal Family, announced today that the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Abdulaziz Al Saud, with the support and mandate of His Royal Highness Prince Llam bin bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, said entertainment events organized by GEA received more than 120 million visitors from 2019 to the first quarter of 2023, a record high. record high.
Al-Sheikh said the record figure was the culmination of the Crown Prince’s support for this important and promising sector.
He revealed that GEA’s achievements during this period include organizing the world’s largest Quran and Azan competition and awarding 11,136 awards of various entertainment and support for 9 entertainments following the launch of the new licensing system in 2019. Supports active license activity. In addition, 470 entertainment establishments have been licensed in more than 42 cities and provinces of the Kingdom, more than 1,402 restaurants have been licensed in 50 cities and provinces of the Kingdom, more than 3,728 licenses have been granted, and more than 3,738 establishments have been licensed in entertainment and support activities field.
Al-Sheikh said there were 8,732 events during the above-mentioned period, including events, entertainment programs and live performances in restaurants and cafes. He also pointed out that the number of days of activities reached more than 76,000 days, of which there were more than 1,381 concerts.
In addition, more than 82 dramas, more than 350 theatrical performances, and more than 6,610 talented performers were held during the same period. In addition to hosting one of the most famous art festivals, events and live performances in restaurants and cafes have a sense of the entertainment industry. Interest (Happy Award) is divided into three sessions. At the same time, one of the most important agarwood music festivals in the world (Agarwood Festival) is organized, which, in addition to the main chess tournament and the two Baloot tournaments, hosts three editions of the unprecedented awards.
In football, Brazil vs. Argentina in the Superclassic Championship, Barcelona vs. Boca Juniors in the Maradona Cup, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs. Saudi Arabian stars Al Hilal and Al Nasser in the Riyadh Season Cup. GEA also holds Arabian horse beauty contests and more than 50 exhibitions, covering various fields such as animation, games, cars, jewelry, etc.
Al-Sheikh noted that the authorities sponsored numerous television shows and series, including the “Ramez” prank show, the “Tash Ma Tash” series, the “Saudi Idol” talent show and the “Bodyguard” drama, in addition to hosting more than 12 poetry nights and organized over 5 WWE shows. Also established the world’s largest and most modern “Merwas” arts and entertainment factory for music recording, podcasting and cinematography, with 22 studios in one building, certified by Guinness World Records as the best job in the world room.
Al-Sheikh pointed out that GEA has been awarded multiple Guinness World Records certificates, which contribute to the creation of a large number of direct and indirect employment opportunities.