There’s much more to Saudi Arabia than camel-riding Bedouins, palm tress, extremely hot weather and sacred places for Muslims. Yes, we have all seen high-end cars zooming through the crystal smooth roads and Arab men and women feasting on more than enough food. What next: A vivacious nightlife? Yes, if all goes by the plan, the Kingdom will have its first ever nightclub.
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman is all out to bring reforms in the Kingdom, leaving behind certain traditions that are clearly of medieval taste. And now, according to reports, the country will soon have what they are calling a ‘halal nightclubs’ for the visitors who miss a vibrant nightlife.
Reports suggest that Dubai and Beirut nightclub brand White will set up its club in the coastal city of Jeddah.
But wait, it’s not going to be a full monty, as the food and beverages served at the venue will all be non-alcoholic, adhering to the ‘halal’ standards of the Islamic dietary law.
Saudi Arabia is one of the most conservative countries of the world and being home to the two holiest mosques in Islam, it is forbidden to have such public places in the country. However, this announcement is seen as an extension of the modernisation drive that includes international tourists and places that allow mixed gatherings.
The CEO of the venue, who spoke to news website Arabian Business said that the club would be a high-end cafe and lounge.
“The Saudi market will be great, because the local community goes out a lot. You have people in the country who go out a lot,” Tony Habre said.
“We’re finalising the Iris café for Jeddah. It will be a café and lounge with music and breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s also a rooftop, outdoor and indoor, and a very interesting concept for the Jeddah market, which is growing, and they have great concepts opening there too,” he said.
The move, as expected, has ended up dividing the Saudi society as people either absolutely love the idea or they have an outright rejection to it.
Saudis, are known to travel to UAE or Bahrain to enjoy a nightlife, which is currently absent from the scene in the Kingdom.
Hashtag #JeddahDisco is trending as people are tweeting their reactions on the move.
I can’t believe that they’re opening a nightclub in Jeddah! I mean wth it’s right next to Mecca! oh wait the bar is HALAL lol..
— 🐬 (@suhyyyy) June 11, 2019
Halal night club… 😂😂😂
— 阿富 (@aya_ddt) June 13, 2019
Anyone interested to explain to me what is a Halal Disco/night club? I’m almost confused.
— Walaa Al Ghussein (@WalaaGh) June 12, 2019
I missed all the 'Halal' fun when I lived in Saudi now that they have a Halal nightclub. https://t.co/reI56cBvru
— Sarah Hunaidi (@SaraHunaidi) June 12, 2019
الهيئة العامة للترفيه تفتح تحقيقاً فورياً في مقاطع فيديو تم تداولها لإحدى الفعاليات في مدينة جدة لم يتم ترخيصها من قبل الهيئة pic.twitter.com/MAIKTCM2EZ
— الهيئة العامة للترفيه (@GEA_SA) June 13, 2019
Meanwhile, the Saudi authorities have denied that officially there is no permission to open such a venue and the matter is being probed. The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority, has issued a statement on twitter regarding the media reports about a night club being opened in Jeddah.
Source: India Times