Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry shared in a press conference in Riyadh today that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are working towards increasing cultural exchange between the two countries.
While speaking to the media, the minister revealed that Pakistan wants to support Saudi Arabia in its cultural revival. “We have well-reputed performing art academies in the country and as Saudi Arabia is focusing on establishing new academies for performing arts, we would want to extend the support of our artists including actors, film directors as well as calligraphers,” Fawad said.
Fawad also expressed that the Minister of Culture in Saudi Arabia, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, has warmheartedly accepted the offers. “We are also working on arranging Arabic dubbing of local TV dramas that will soon be exported to Saudi Arabia. In addition, we also expect Saudi Airlines to include Pakistani dramas as part of their in-flight entertainment content,” he added.
Interestingly, the information minister went on to announce that “a large mela for Pakistani expatriates will be organized in April in Saudi Arabia. The Pakistani community will have a lot to see, explore and enjoy in the fair which will also be attended by local artistes,” he revealed.
He also urged Pakistani cinema owners who might be interested in opening cinemas in Saudi Arabia to come forward. “Pakistani films will be screened in Saudi Arabia and China,” he added.
According to a report in Arab News, International artists will be offered the chance to take up residency in Saudi Arabia for the first time, marking a turning point in the history of the nation.