2 Aramco workers die of injuries from plant fire

A view of Aramco’s Ras Tanura oil terminal where eight workers were injured in a fire last month. A fire also broke out Wednesday at Aramco’s Wasea oil facility near Riyadh, killing two workers.
Updated 20 October 2016

2 Aramco workers die of injuries from plant fire

JEDDAH: Two of several Saudi Aramco workers who were injured in a fire that hit the Wasea crude oil plant near Riyadh on Wednesday have died, the state oil firm said.
“We sadly announce the tragic loss of 2 workers and 16 injured from a fire incident in Al Wasea,” Saudi Aramco said in its Twitter account on Thursday.
No details were given. An earlier tweet said, the “The fire is under control. Company's operations are not impacted.”
Al-Riyadh newspaper had earlier said 17 people were hospitalized, with three needing treatment in intensive care.
In September, a fire that broke out at Aramco’s Ras Tanura oil terminal injured eight workers. 
The company is at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s wide-ranging Vision 2030 plan to wean the economy of the world’s biggest petroleum exporter off oil.

Inaugural Global AI Summit opens virtually

Updated 19 min 8 sec ago

Inaugural Global AI Summit opens virtually

  • World’s leading CEOs, innovators and policymakers to attend virtual event

DUBAI: The inaugural Global AI Summit, which bills itself as the premier platform for dialogue on artificial intelligence, opens virtually on Wednesday and brings together stakeholders from the world of academia, government and the private sector during the two-day event.

The Global AI Summit, organized by the Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA) and G20 Saudi Secretariat honoring Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the international forum, will explore artificial intelligence’s role in the new global era and how its transformational potential can be deployed “to create a better future for all.”

The two-day virtual event will particularly tackle what artificial intelligence “means for policy and decision makers interested in leveraging the potential, for the good of humanity.”

Among the world’s leading CEOs, innovators and policymakers who will be at the event are: Abdullah Al-Swaha, Saudi Arabia’s minister of communications and information technology; Omar Sultan Al-Olama, the UAE minister of state for artificial intelligence; Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp; and Houlin Zhao, the secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union.