FaceOf: Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili, commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces

Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili
Updated 14 September 2018
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FaceOf: Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili, commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces

  • Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multi-role helicopter aircraft in New York on Thursday
  • Al-Ghufaili holds a bachelor’s degree in marine and military sciences

Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili is the commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. 

On Thursday in New York, Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multi-role helicopter aircraft, which operates on board the fleet’s ships and naval bases.

Al-Ghufaili said that the aircraft, equipped with the latest military technology, was characterized by the advanced combat capabilities of surface and sub-surface battle systems, enhancing the performance of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces to meet all challenges and threats in the region.

Al-Ghufaili holds a bachelor’s degree in marine and military sciences, as well as a master’s in national security strategy. He completed numerous courses including the foundational course for executive officers, intelligence officers and sessions on chief operations.

In 2007 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Saudi Navy and then served as commander of the Eastern Fleet for several years.

He was the head of the anti-submarine division; he also served as head of operations, head of intelligence, commander of ships and fleets, as a military adviser and became commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces in November 2017.

Al-Ghufaili has participated in a number of important events in the Kingdom, including the launch in April 2017 of the second edition of the Maritime Festival, in recognition of the Kingdom’s appreciation of the role of its soldiers and navy heroes.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.