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.


We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States help build stronger ties. (AN photo)
Updated 19 September 2018
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We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

  • We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States: US Public Affairs Counselor in KSA

RIYADH: Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States “help build stronger ties between the two countries and bring them closer together,” according to Brian Shott, the new US Public Affairs Counselor in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a reception to welcome him at the US embassy in Riyadh on September 18, he said: “One of the main things we do is we try to share aspects of the United States and of American culture, but we also learn from Saudis and Saudi culture.” 

In her opening speech, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong also highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries, saying: “Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of a friendship that has extended over many, many decades.”

Shott, who previously served in Morocco, Cairo and Baghdad, will be in Saudi Arabia for the next two years, during which he will promote educational and cultural exchanges.

“There are some real opportunities here and we have been fortunate enough to be able take advantage of partnerships with Saudi organizations and Saudi agencies, whether it is the General Authority for Culture or the Ministry of Education,” he said.

“We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States.”

Meanwhile, the reception also served as a farewell to Robin Yeager, the cultural attache in Riyadh. She said that it had been a “very dynamic time to be in Saudi Arabia. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be here at a time when I get to know first-hand the future that Saudis are trying to build.”

The night that women were were given the right to drive, she said she went out and saw the “thrill on their faces.” To assist with empowerment and other progressive policies, embassy staff work on social issues and provide leadership training for women’s groups, she said.

“It is beautiful because they take something that an American expert talks to them about and they turn it into the Saudi way to approach it,” she added. “It’s not that we are changing things; it’s that we are giving them tools, so they can build what they want to build.”