FaceOf: Dr. Mohammed Al-Nuwairan, National Center for Palm and Dates in KSA

Dr. Mohammed Al-Nuwairan
Updated 13 September 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Mohammed Al-Nuwairan, National Center for Palm and Dates in KSA

  • After earning both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in management science with a focus on manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain management, Al-Nuwairan studied many international trade cases and worked closely with government and private agencies in bo

Dr. Mohammed Al-Nuwairan is the executive director of National Center for Palm and Dates (NCPD) in Saudi Arabia. 

The NCPD, along with the agency affiliated to the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA), will be visiting Malaysia later this month to discuss developing the exportation of dates to Malaysia and other East Asian countries. 

The NCPD will be represented by Al-Nuwairan, while MEWA will be represented by the director-general of marketing, Abdulrahman Al-Qahtani. 

After earning both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in management science with a focus on manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain management, Al-Nuwairan studied many international trade cases and worked closely with government and private agencies in both the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Upon his return to the Kingdom, he served as an assistant professor at King Faisal University. He was then approached by NCPD approached to lead the department where his efforts have enhanced the development of the dates sector by focusing on production efficiency, product quality, and effective marketing strategies within the Kingdom and abroad.

Al-Nuwairan has encouraged creativity and innovation and strengthened the collaborative effort to find the best strategic processes worldwide, increasing the efficiency of the production and supply chain process and leveraging the dates sector as a key source of the Kingdom’s national income.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.