Riyadh — Dar Al Arkan, the largest listed real estate developer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with Majid Al Futtaim to open VOX Cinemas multiplex in Saudi Arabia.

The deal was officially signed in Riyadh and works have started immediately.

VOX Cinemas will operate the new 15-screen multiplex at Dar Al Arkan's Al-Qasr Mall in the Saudi capital.

The multiplex is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019 and will include VOX Cinemas’ signature KIDS and MAX experiences. KIDS is a family-friendly movie environment designed for little movie fans, and MAX is the mega-screen made for big blockbuster viewing.

The design involves a major retail transformation of an existing section of the mall for the brand-new 15-screen multiplex, which will offer a superior leisure experience to the mall visitors. The addition of more outlets for casual dining and entertainment, including indoor bowling will enhance the visitors' experience at the mall.

Yousef Bin Abdullah Al-Shelash, Chairman of Dar Al Arkan Development, revealed the plans for the mall visitors, saying: “Majid Al Futtaim is a perfect partner that will help us create a unique experience at Al-Qasr Mall for Riyadh residents and visitors.”

He said: "These are exciting times for Saudi Arabia and we are delighted to be playing a small but significant part toward achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to build an entire ecosystem for arts, tourism and entertainment."

Kelvin Kwok Han Sim, Chief Executive Officer of Dar Al Arkan Development, said: “The new cinema complex will meet the expectations of our discerning guests and will feature the next generation technology fit for the current sophisticated and tech-savvy Saudi movie-buffs. This is a significant contribution and a novel addition to the evolving Saudi-cinema-culture. We are delighted to be partnering with Majid Al Futtaim on this exciting project in Riyadh." — SG