Saudi Arabia will soon have its very first national orchestra and opera. France will help Saudi to set up musical groups. two countries signed series of agreements on Monday to boost cultural ties, and cooperation through arts. France's Culture Minister said: "Today, agreement was signed with Paris Opera to help Saudi Arabia set up national orchestra and an opera." The world-famous Paris Opera will help Saudi Arabia produce its own classical music performances and operas. Plans are already under way for country's first opera house to be built in kingdom's second largest city, Jeddah. Saudi Arabia will invest $64 billion in developing its entertainment industry over next decade.
agreement is part of plan created by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, called Vision 2030. He wants to modernize many areas of Saudi life. There were other projects included in cultural agreements between France and Saudi Arabia. French archaeologists will work on developing Saudi Arabia's Al-Ula region in northwest of country. The area is rich in ancient archaeological sites. French experts will help to preserve area. Another key part of agreement is the translation of literature. France's Culture Minister stressed, " importance of translating books in both directions, from Arabic into French and French into Arabic".