His Excellency Advisor Turki Alalshikh, Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), announced that, with the support and empowerment of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the entertainment events held by GEA, from 2019 until the first quarter of 2023, received more than 120 million visitors, which is a record number that comes as a culmination of His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince’s support for this vital and promising sector.
Alalshikh said that these figures are part of what GEA has accomplished during this period. It organized the largest competition for the Holy Quran and the call to prayer in the world, and issued 11,136 licenses for various entertainment and supporting activities, after the launch of the new licensing system in 2019 for 9 entertainment and supporting activities. In addition, 470 entertainment destinations have been licensed in more than 42 cities and governorates in the Kingdom, and more than 3,728 permits have been granted to more than 1,402 restaurants in 50 cities and governorates in the Kingdom, in addition to licensing more than 3,738 establishments in the areas of entertainment and supporting activities.
His Excellency indicated that there were 8,732 entertainment shows, and live performances in restaurants and cafes during the aforementioned period, noting that there were more than 76,000 activity days, which included more than 1,381 concerts.
From 2019 until the first quarter of 2023, more than 82 plays were staged, with more than 350 theatrical performances, while more than 6,610 talented performers participated in events and live shows in restaurants and cafes. Moreover, three versions of one of the most important festivals in the entertainment industry (Joy Awards) were held, and three versions of one of the most important Oud festivals in the world were organized with unprecedented prizes, in addition to a large chess competition and two baloot championships.
As for football, the Super Clasico Championship was held between Brazil and Argentina, the Maradona Cup was held between Barcelona and Boca Juniors, and the Riyadh Season Cup was held between PSG and Al Hilal and Al Nasr stars. An international Arabian horse beauty championship was also organized, and more than 50 exhibitions were held in various fields, including animation, games, cars, jewelry, Ana Arabia, toys and others.
Alalshikh pointed out the GEA’s sponsorship of many TV programs and series, including Ramez, Tash Ma Tash, Saudi Idol, and the Body Guard play. It also held more than 12 poetry recitation evenings and organized more than five WWE shows. Furthermore, Merwas Studio, the largest and most modern in the world for music recording, broadcasting and cinematography was established. With 22 studios in one building, it achieved the Guinness World Record for the largest music production studio.
His Excellency also noted that GEA has obtained several Guinness World Records certificates, which contributed to the creation of a very large number of direct and indirect jobs.