A heavy onslaught by conservatives who objected to women donning “indecent costumes” has reportedly led to the dismissal of the chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Ahmad Al Khatib, from his position.
Pictures and short clips of a woman in a pink figure-hugging costume performing in a circus in the capital Riyadh were posted on social media, prompting sharp criticism and critical comments from users.
“The General Entertainment Authority had been warned to impose clear conditions and criteria and tight monitoring measures in their contracts with foreigners,” sources told Saudi news site Sabq. “The GEA had previously waded into controversy and the authorities did not want a repeat of the misfortune.”
Ahmed al-Khatib was appointed in 2016 as chairman of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the government body which oversees entertainment events in the country, including organizing the National Day festivities and hosting Cirque de Soleil in September.
Khatib was also named the chairman of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in 2017 and sits on the board of the Public Investment Fund
The royal decree reported by state owned Al Ekhbariya TV did not elaborate who would be replacing him. It did not mention the status of his other positions.
Source Credit: Gulf News