A nightclub in Saudi Arabia was closed down on opening night due to investigations.
According to Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the venue – referred to as Project X – did not obtain the necessary license to operate and was temporarily shut down on June 13.
The ‘halal’ disco allowed men and women to dance in the same area.
On its official Twitter account, the GEA said: “According to information provided, the event was in violation of the legal procedures 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”.
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
Videos online showed performances in the venue the day prior to its closing which was brought to the attention of the GEA.
The videos showed men and women dancing and a woman explaining the set-up of the venue which had a ‘halal bar’ and shisha with prices ranging from 370 to 500 Saudi riyals.
The US-based performer Ne-Yo was scheduled to perform in the club’s opening, however, after it was closed down, he posted an apology on his Instagram account.