Father accidentally shoots daughter with air rifle in northern Saudi Arabia

Updated 10 November 2017
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Father accidentally shoots daughter with air rifle in northern Saudi Arabia

QURAYYAT: A young girl in the province of Qurayyat was shot in the head while her father was trying to test an air rifle in the courtyard of his home.

Al-Jouf police said that a “four-and-a-half-year-old girl was admitted to Qurayat General Hospital on Wednesday morning after she was shot in the head while her father was testing an air rifle in the courtyard of their house.”

The police media spokesman in Al-Jawf, Lt. Col. Yazeed bin Saud Al-Noumas, said in a statement to Al-Mowaten news website that this information was released in response to what was circulated on social media on the extraction of a bullet from the head of a girl at Prince Mutaib bin Abdul Aziz Hospital.

He added that “the gun shot caused a head wound, and she was admitted to the intensive care unit. The weapon in possession of her father was seized, and the prosecution was notified by virtue of jurisdiction.”

Al-Noumas confirmed that the little girl was transferred to Prince Mutaib bin Abdul Aziz Hospital in Sakaka, and then medically evacuated to a hospital in Riyadh.


‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

Updated 16 October 2018
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‘Davos in the Desert’ brings 150 global leaders to Riyadh

  • The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25
  • The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential

RIYADH: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has revealed the program for a high-profile gathering of global leaders, business chiefs and innovators in Riyadh next week.

The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from Oct. 23 to 25 with US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde among those scheduled to take part.

More than 150 speakers from 140 different organizations have confirmed their attendance for the event which was hosted for the first time a year ago and was quickly dubbed “Davos in the Desert” — a reference to the annual World Economic Forum hosted each year in the Swiss resort.

The three key themes of this year’s event are investing in transformation, technology as an opportunity, and advancing human potential.



“FII is a global platform focused on identifying future economic trends and opportunities, defining the future of industries and discussing how investment can contribute to overall global prosperity and development,” the PIF, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, said on Monday.

“Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the world is undergoing a period of large-scale economic and technological transformation. FII will convene global leaders, investors and innovators to discuss how businesses, governments and global institutions can work together to drive long-term growth and prosperity.”

The next installment of FII will include a panel called “One World” — a look at how leaders from business and government develop a collective vision for the future.

Other sessions cover digital currencies, capital flows, market drivers, immersive technology, sustainability and giga-projects such as NEOM, the vast development announced at last year’s FII.