“Halal” Nightclub Closed Down on Opening Night

Saudi Arabia's GEA closes down club during festival event

Jeddah (17th June, 2019): Authorities in Jeddah close down “halal” nightclub on opening night during ongoing festival.

According to reports, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) closed down a nightclub in Saudi Arabia for not requesting the necessary permit. The nightclub was closed down on the night it was supposed to open due to a pending investigation by the GEA.

The “halal” disco which allowed men and women to dance in the same venue was temporarily shutdown on the 13th of June, 2019, claim sources.

As per reports, the GEA referring to the nightclub as “Project X” stated that it was closed down because the management did not receive the necessary license for them to be allowed to operate. According to the statement issued on their official Twitter handle, GEA elaborated:

“According to information provided, the event was in violation of the legal procedure and regulations, and was not authorised by the body. The GEA had originally issued a license for another event. Its contractor then took advantage of an extension of that license to commit these serious and unacceptable violations”.

Since its closing, videos have surfaced highlighting the entertainment which was to be provided in the nightclub which includes a common dance space as well as halal bar where young club goers could get shisha that ranged from approximately 370 to 500 Saudi riyals.

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Moreover, American singer, song-writer Ne-Yo was set to perform at the festival event which was also cancelled on the same premise. As he posted on his Instagram account to confirm:

“Was excited to perform for you and en route to the venue I was told it had been shut down. Guess we’ll try this again another time fellas. Much love to the fans. Sorry guys.”

According to local concert-goers, the club goers had to wait for four hours before being informed of its closing.


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