Comic-Con opens in Saudi: Chance to be ‘free’

A Saudi woman films using her mobile phone during the first ever Comic-Con event in the coastal City of Jeddah, on February 16, 2017Nobody gave Ahmed al-Dainiy a second glance Thursday as he walked among the youthful crowd on the opening day of Saudi Arabia's first Comic-Con event, wearing a horse head mask. Dainiy, 18, was among thousands of people who filled a recreation centre in the Red Sea city of Jeddah for the international pop culture event which is helping to break stereotypes about the Islamic kingdom. The three-day festival of anime, pop art, video gaming and film-related events is part of a government initiative to bring more entertainment to Saudi Arabia which bans alcohol, public cinemas and theatre.