Last year, many of the who's who in politics and business boycotted Saudi Arabia's "Davos in the Desert" event in the wake of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. This year? Many return but there are still some notable no-shows.
Saudi Arabia was, for decades, the world's largest oil producer. This disruption is the biggest supply shock in absolute terms in the last five decades and has important repercussions for US-Saudi relations.
Khashoggi’s death stirred widespread disgust and hurt the image of crown prince, previously admired in the West for pushing to end the kingdom's oil dependence and easing social restrictions including by allowing women to drive.
Stand-up comedy, and public entertainment, in general, has always been very limited in Saudi Arabia, but the kingdom is trying to capitalize on the scene. It's part of a larger plan to move away from oil.
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