Jeddah’s White nightclub shuts down on launch night

Authorities in Saudi said that the nightclub had not been licensed

Image used for illustrative purpose only
Image used for illustrative purpose only

Dubai’s White nightclub that was supposed to launch in Jeddah on 13 June, 2019 was shut down on opening night.

The alcohol-free nightclub where American-singer-songwriter Neyo was supposed to perform was shut down by authorities who claimed that it violated legal proceedings.

In a statement online, Saudi’s General Authority for Entertainment said that it opened “an immediate investigation into videos that have been circulated to an event in the city of Jeddah that have not been licensed by the authority.”

According to sister title Arabian Business, the department said it had agreed to a different event and that its contractor had “taken advantage” of an extension of that license to commit “unacceptable violations”.

When news of the nightclub went viral, there were missed reviews from Saudis, with several condemning its dancefloor. 

White nightclub, which operates as a licensed venue in Dubai and Beirut, is one of several brands operated by Dubai-based Addmind Hospitality Group.

Meanwhile, Ne-Yo apologised to his fans in the Kingdom. He posted online: “Wow...Apologies to the people of Saudi Arabia. Was literally on my way to the venue when I heard it was shutdown due to some technicality. Was looking forward to performing. Much love to my guys at White Jeddah. Maybe we try again some other time. Let me know.”

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