Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Shebel, CEO of Saudi Arabia's National Unified Procurement Co.

Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Shebel
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Updated 25 September 2020

Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Shebel, CEO of Saudi Arabia's National Unified Procurement Co.

Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Shebel has been CEO of the National Unified Procurement Co. (NUPCO) since October 2017.
NUPCO is a leading company in Saudi Arabia in procurement, logistics and supply chain management for pharmaceutical and medical devices, and supplies for government hospitals.
It was established in 2009 with SR1.5 billion ($400 million) as capital, and is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund.
NUPCO recently opened a fully automated warehouse in King Abdullah Economic City, with an area covering 300,000 square meters, to provide comprehensive distribution and storage for the state health sector.
It comes as part of the company’s efforts to support the health sector and provide smart supply chains and high-quality logistical services.
Al-Shebel said the warehouse represents the strategic partnership between NUPCO and private sector companies for public health facilities. The warehouse will provide advanced medical services and contribute to public health.
From 2006 to 2017, Al-Shebel served in several positions
at information security company Elm, which offers a wide
range of ready-made and customized digital solutions in many areas. He started work at Elm as deputy manager for business development between 2006 and 2008, products and business development manager between 2008 and 2009, and government solutions manager between 2009 and 2012. His last post at Elm was executive manager between
2012 and 2017.
Al-Shebel worked for almost 10 years at the Public Pension Agency as an IT manager. He graduated from King Saud University in Riyadh in 1996.

Saudi firefighters douse Al-Azizah forest fire, no injuries reported

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Saudi firefighters douse Al-Azizah forest fire, no injuries reported

  • A number of Ethiopian nationals had been arrested on suspicion of setting the forest on fire following a dispute, says Interior Ministry

RIYADH/ABHA: Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense has put out a fire in the Al-Azizah Mountains in Alsouda Heights near Abha, the administrative capital of Asir Region.

According to Civil Defense’s Twitter account, the firefighters controlled the fire and prevented it from spreading despite the rugged terrain in which the fire broke out. 

Lt. Col. Mohammad Al-Hammadi, Civil Defense spokesman, told Arab News that firefighters made great efforts to reach the area where the blaze had spread using state-of-the-art equipment to contain the fire.

“No one was injured, thanks to the swift action of the firefighters who helped protect the vegetation of this area. The firefighters are working now to cool down the area and combing down the area to ensure the fire has been controlled and contained,” he said.

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in Asir said that the Al-Maghda water plant was put at the discretion of firefighters to help them fight the fire, according to Abdullah Al-Wimni, the director of the ministry’s branch in Asir, and Muhammad Al-Haidan the director of the Department of Water Services in Asir. Both said in a statement that 20 water tankers were used by the Civil Defense firefighters.

The Ministry of Interior spokesman said an investigation into last week’s fire in the Ghulamah Mountains in Tanuma governorate, north of Asir, indicated that three border violators caused the blaze, which destroyed an area of more than 4.7 million square meters before it was brought under control by the Saudi Civil Defense team.

According to an Interior Ministry spokesman on Wednesday, the suspects were Ethiopian nationals who set fire to the area following a dispute and fled. They have since been arrested and referred to the authorities for legal action.

Tens of thousands of perennial trees — including wild olives, neems, junipers and acacias — some of which were more than 50 years old — were also destroyed.

The operation was carried out under the direct supervision of the Asir governor with the participation of all government and civil services, as well as teams from Al-Namas and Tanuma governorates.