Canadian police find body of Saudi father who fell at Niagara Falls

Adawi left his family in their car on Sunday while he took photos of the waterfall. (Social media)
Updated 12 July 2019

Canadian police find body of Saudi father who fell at Niagara Falls

  • Qassim Adawi, studying for a doctoral degree in business administration, is from the village of Al-Adaya in Sabia province, Jazan

RIYADH: The Canadian authorities said that they have found the body of Qassim Adawi, the Saudi who fell in Niagra falls, on Friday.

Qassim Adawi,  who went missing while on a trip to Niagara Falls with his wife and three children, left his family in their car on Sunday while he took photos of the waterfall, his wife said. She became alarmed when he failed to return after some time had elapsed, and contacted authorities.

The Saudi Consulate in New York said they had been in contact with the New York state police conducting the search. The investigator in charge said a witness had reported seeing someone fall into the water, and the investigation was continuing.

The consulate is also providing care and accommodation to the missing man’s family.

Adawi is from the village of Al-Adaya in Sabia province in the southern region of Jazan. He has been studying for a doctoral degree in business administration.

His family have appealed for assistance on social media in an effort to find the missing man. They have posted photos online of Adawi with his children in an effort to reach a wider audience.

Adawi’s friend and colleague Ibrahim Bakri also issued an emotional appeal on Twitter. 

He spoke of his last moments with his friend last Wednesday when they traveled together to the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC.

The two young men shared a heart-to-heart conversation before promising to meet again when they returned to Saudi Arabia. Bakri posted a short but heartfelt prayer for his friend’s safe return to his loved ones, followed by the Arabic hashtag #NiagraFallsMissing.

Niagara Falls, three waterfalls straddling the US-Canada border, are among the world’s leading tourist attractions and attract more than 30 million visitors a year.


Saudi Arabian delegation holds UNESCO reception in Paris

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Saudi Arabian delegation holds UNESCO reception in Paris

  • Session attended by permanent delegates of UNESCO member states
  • Hosted by Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh

PARIS: The permanent Saudi delegation to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held a reception to mark the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
The session was held in the presence of the Saudi education minister and deputy chairman of the National Committee for UNESCO, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh.
The session was attended by the permanent delegates of UNESCO member states and senior officials from the organization.
“Today, we see the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 objectives coincide with UNESCO’s mission through the Kingdom’s keenness to support educational, cultural and scientific projects around the world because of its regional and international status, and its roles in strengthening relations between Arab and Islamic countries and the global agenda for sustainable development in the organization’s educational, cultural and scientific fields, Al-Asheikh said in his speech.
He affirmed the Kingdom’s continued cooperation with UNESCO member states in the fields of education, culture and science, and its continued support for the organization’s programs.
He said the Kingdom is one of the founding members of UNESCO, and the sixth country to sign the organization’s charter, on Nov. 4, 1946, upon the directives of the late King Abdul Aziz.