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New Saudi authority appointed to develop theme parks industry

A new Saudi authority charged with developing, promoting, regulating and funding infrastructure for an entertainment industry in the Gulf kingdom has appointed its board.

The Council of Ministers of the Government of Saudi Arabia has approved the appointment of the board of the General Entertainment Authority, a statement said.

The authority is a government-sanctioned body borne out of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program and will partner with both government bodies and the private sector to grow the infant entertainment sector in the country.

The appointment comes just weeks after Six Flags Entertainment Corp said its planned expansion into Saudi Arabia would probably include three parks, with the first to open in 2020 or 2021.