Saudi Arabia bans 'unlicensed' New Year celebrations
Over the past few days, news has gone viral on social media reporting a celebration of the New Year’s Eve in the city of Mellham north of the capital Riyadh. The reported gala would feature fireworks and DJ shows.
The state General Entertainment Authority, responsible for entertainment events in the Kingdom, said it had not licensed the Mellham celebration.
“The organiser of the event has been stopped and a notification lodged with the governorate of Riyadh to take legal action against him,” the agency said, according to Saudi news portal Ajel.
Recently, Saudi Arabia has seen important reforms in its social and cultural life, including performances by top entertainers from across the globe.