White Jeddah has reopened after its sudden closure on opening night
It's a classic case of will it? won't it? Jeddah's new nightlife addition White, was shut down on opening night by the Saudi Arabian authorities, just last week. But the venue has now reopened its doors.
“We were in fact open on Thursday [but] we closed 2 hours prior to our scheduled closing time 2am instead of 4am. We then re-opened Friday and Saturday. And have now announced on our channels that we are open from Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 9pm to 2am,” Serge Trad, Strategic Communications Planning at Addmind, said in an email statement to Arabian Business.
It was shut down by authorities before it could open its doors as authorities claimed it violated legal proceedings. Arabian Business reported in April that White would open in Saudi Arabia as a “high-end café”.
However, the Saudi General Authority for Entertainment said in a tweet that the event “had not been licensed” and was “a violation of legal proceedings”.
Its opening night main act Ne-Yo put out a statement on his Instagram expressed his disappointment over the closure. Ne-Yo, who apologised to his 3 million fans on Instagram with a post stating, “Apologies to the people of Jeddah. On the way to the venue, I was informed it had been shutdown. Guess we’ll try it again another time. Much love to my folks at White”.
The venue will also refund the price of tickets for opening night, which ranged from $100-$133 (370-500 Saudi riyals).
The Saudi General Authority for Entertainment said in a tweet that Project X, the festival in which the nightclub was operating, “had not been licensed” and led to “a violation of legal proceedings”.
It 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”.
White Jeddah’s Instagram page, which was also taken down on Thursday night, is now back up again and states that the venue is open, with entry age limit set at 18.