About Entertainment KSA Event

Led by one of the world’s most powerful millennials, Saudi Arabia is moving into an unprecedented era of social and economic change.  The cinema ban lift brings in a previously untapped and lucrative revenue stream for the Kingdom and by extension the entertainment sector.

The opportunity for this sector includes 300 cinemas, theme park projects, entertainment cities and Family Entertainment Centers (FECs) to be built by 2030, amounting to a contribution of USD$24 billion into the country’s economy.

Entertainment KSA is an international platform and brings key entertainment project owners, government decision makers, regional and international retail developers, family entertainment centers, cinema, theme and amusement park operators.

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What will be covered?

Financing & Entertainment Ecosystem

  • Developing the entertainment sector to support the KSA Vision 2030
  • Financing entertainment - investing $64bn and the role of the private sector
  • Developing a local talent pool of entertainment professional

Family & Destination Entertainment

  • Examine how changing regulations are supporting entertainment projects development
  • Maximizing the entertainment potential of family entertainment centers
  • Increasing entertainment offerings in retail centers, hotels and resorts


  • Understanding how regulations will impact cinema development
  • Reviewing cinema project plans to open 350 cinemas with 2,500 screens across the Kingdom by 2030
  • Adapting global best practices for the Saudi market

Amusement Parks Development

  • Examining the region’s largest entertainment project – Al Quddiya Entertainment City
  • Discover the theme and water park projects planned from the Kingdom
  • Explore the project plans for 20 entertainment centers across 15 cities


  • Examining the development opportunities for mega-events in the kingdom
  • Practical and cultural considerations to ensure successful events
  • Hosting 5,500 entertainment events in the Kingdom during 2018


Cultural Heritage

  • Investing $2.64bn in KSA’s cultural heritage projects
  • Developing 80 archaeological sites & 18 national museums
  • Opening of 45 cinemas, 16 theaters, 42 libraries, and the Royal Arts Complex in Riyadh by 2020


  • Increasing annual tourist numbers to 30 billion through new visa regulations
  • Exploring the Kindgom’s “white oil” – nature and adventure tourism and entertainment
  • Maximizing on entertainment options to drive internal and external tourism

Excellent opportunities for the leisure & entertainment industry in KSA

Did you know?
  • In March 2017, GEA announced 28 events for 2017 Spring Break in KSA
  • Saudi Arabia is pumping $2.7 billion into new entertainment projects
  • Saudi plans to increase visitors from 8 million to 30 million/year by 2030
  • The government estimates that movie theatres will contribute to over $24 billion to the economy
  • Around 2/3 of the 30 million residents of Saudi Arabia are under the age of 30
  • Kingdom’s citizens spend $7.4 billion abroad annually — one of the highest levels in the world

Top reasons to attend

  • Understand what the key government stakeholders are planning for the development of the entertainment sector in KSA
  • Examine the regulatory changes that will enable cinema and entertainment projects in the kingdom
  • Find out what the tourism authorities are planning
  • Hear about the project plans and lessons learned of key theme park and family entertainment center operators
  • Find out how retail centers are planning to capitalize on the new opportunities
  • Examine the project plans of major cinema operators

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