Dubai: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) made a big announcement on Sunday saying they would no longer censor films released in theaters. The UAE’s Media Regulatory Authority will now replace censorship of films and broadcast them in more than 21 ratings. Instead of cutting out sensitive scenes that hurt traditional Islamic sentiments in the UAE, it will now be rated 21 and above.
in a tweet, the UAE Media Regulatory Authority wrote: “Films will now be released in theaters on an international version.” Significantly, movies with adult content have been cut or edited on a regular basis in the UAE so far. According to IGN Middle East, several scenes were cut due to sexual content in “House of Gucci,” starring Adam Driver and Lady. Marvel Studios’ ‘Eternals’ release has also been delayed for the same reason.
The UAE’s decision is also crucial as they want to reduce their economy’s dependence on oil. The United Arab Emirates have made a number of changes to their laws in recent years. The Gulf wants its image to the world to be that of a liberal and reformist Islamic country, which promotes foreign investment and tourism. Note 21 and above is also another attempt for the UAE to strengthen this image.
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