7 workers killed in Qassim building collapse

Updated 29 April 2015
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7 workers killed in Qassim building collapse

Seven workers were killed, six injured and at least 15 were still trapped after a convention center collapsed during construction in Saudi Arabia on Monday, Al-Arabiya channel reported.
Medics were initially told that about 50 workers were caught under concrete in the site at a university in Qassim, northwest of the capital Riyadh.
But they found “seven persons including six Asians and an Egyptian dead” and took six others with serious injuries to hospital, according to information given by Qassim University and the Saudi Red Crescent Authority.
Eight others were slightly hurt and about 15 others were believed still trapped, he said.
Bandar Al-Roshodi, the university spokesman, told Saudi television news channel Al-Ekhbariya that the workers on the site were mostly from Pakistan.
Pictures from the scene showed a sprawling but low-level construction site, where many steel support beams had collapsed along with other parts of the structure.
Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal visited the site to oversee rescue operations being carried out by the Civil Defense Department, Saudi Red Crescent Authority, patrol police and other security agencies.
Saudi bloggers urged punitive action against the contracting company and government watch on such public projects.


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • Forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.