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DUBAI: Monster trucks, hip-hop dancing and Game of Thrones all have one surprising thing in common now: Saudi Arabia.Still, it's a notable shift from just a few years ago, when the religious police – known as the Muttawa – would shoo women out of malls for wearing bright nail polish, insist restaurants turn off music, and break up gatherings where unrelated men and women were mixing.The first ever Comic-Con event in Saudi Arabia drew thousands of spectators in February in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.A major aim is to keep some of the Saudi tourism money spent abroad each year in the country.The Entertainment Authority wants to double what Saudi families currently spend on entertainment in the kingdom by 2030 .Several thousand men and women packed halls in Riyadh and Jeddah in October to watch the dancers perform to Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and Missy Elliott hits.Egyptian-American creator Miral Kotb, a software engineer and dancer, said she was approached to bring the show to Saudi Arabia by the company Live Entertainment with support from the government.This month, the all-American Monster Jam truck show roared in Riyadh.
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