Prosecutions likely over Qassim building collapse

Updated 02 May 2015
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Prosecutions likely over Qassim building collapse

The government will find and punish those responsible for the collapse of a building under construction at Qassim University that resulted in the deaths of nine workers and injuries to six others, said Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal.
He said there would be “justice” for those who lost their lives once the governorate has completed its independent probe into the incident. Accidents can occur at any time, but it was important to determine what happened so that these events do not recur, he said.
The investigating committee includes officials from the governorate, the local university, Civil Defense, security agencies, and investigation bodies. In addition, the governorate plans to set up a committee that can deal with such crises in future, Prince Faisal said.
He called on all engineers, consultants and contractors to ensure that they do everything to protect the lives and health of workers. He said there are laws to punish those failing to do so.
Meanwhile, the Civil Defense in Qassim has announced that all search and rescue operations have been completed after two missing people were pulled from the rubble.
“Search and rescue operations continued around the clock from the moment we received the communication until the work was completed,” said spokesman Col. Ibrahim Aba Al-Khail.
The collapsed ceiling of the conference hall was over 570 square meters and weighed 1,250 tons, he said. Many officers supported the Civil Defense in search and rescue operations, including individuals with cameras and heavy equipment. There were also police dogs brought in, he said.
Based on reports from investigators and field officials, 15 people were pulled from the collapsed building, of whom nine were dead and six injured severely.
Meanwhile, the company responsible, Manazel Construction, said it is continuing its own investigation to find out the exact causes of the accident and would make the results public as soon as it is completed.
The company stated that it was cooperating in the independent probe ordered by the governor.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.