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.


Lights, camera, action: Gala heralds rebirth of Saudi cinema

Updated 19 April 2018
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Lights, camera, action: Gala heralds rebirth of Saudi cinema

  • Saudi Arabia plans to open nearly 350 cinemas, with more than 2,500 screens, by 2030
  • Movie theaters are expected to contribute more than $24 billion to the Saudi economy and create more than 30,000 jobs by 2030

RIYADH: It was a night to remember: Cinema returned to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday with the first major movie screening in 35 years in a spectacular new theater in King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.
The gala screening of the Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther was attended by hundreds of invited guests in the sleek and chic complex — described by AMC cinema chain bosses as “the most beautiful movie theater in the world.”
As the guests took their seats, Princess Reema bint Bandar told Arab News: “It’s a privilege to be here. I hope everyone gets to enjoy the experience I’m having this evening.”
In an official opening ceremony before the movie began, AMC bosses joined Saudi government officials on the stage. Each placed their hand each on a large handprint, triggering a shower of glittering, colorful confetti on the audience. It was a magical moment — just like the movies, in fact.
Paul Hill, the general manager of AMC, told Arab News: “It’s an absolute honor and privilege to be part of the opening It’s a historic achievement. This really will be the place to go.”
The opening was overseen by the Development and Investment Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and a partner with AMC in the new cinema complex.
Dr. Awwad Alawwad, the Saudi Minister of Culture and Information, and Adam Aron, chief executive and president of AMC Entertainment, joined diplomats and industry experts to watch Black Panther in the first in a series of invitation-only screenings during April.
“I know for sure that Saudis are very eager to be able to watch their favorite films here in their own country, as now made possible by Vision 2030,” Dr. Alawwad said before the screening.
“This is a landmark moment in the transformation of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society. None of this would be possible without the visionary leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”
The cinema will open to the public on Friday. “There are some surprises and secrets on how we are promoting it. The tickets will be sold online and there will be more information in 24 hours,” said AMC Vice President Jason Cole.
Three more screens will be added to the cinema complex by September. Saudi Arabia plans to open nearly 350 cinemas, with more than 2,500 screens, by 2030.