SR10,000 fine, 2-month prison for car drifters

Updated 21 May 2015

SR10,000 fine, 2-month prison for car drifters

RIYADH: The Shoura Council recommended on Tuesday a fine of SR10,000 or two-month jail or both for car drifting.
During the 40th ordinary session of the Shoura Council, presided over by President Abdullah Al-Asheikh, the house approved amendments to penalties related to car-drifting crimes.
According to the new amendments, a car drifter shall be liable for penalties including imprisonment, fines and seizure of the vehicle for a specific period, extendable if drifting is repeated. The fine for the first offense shall begin at SR10,000 or imprisonment of not less than two months, or both.
Penalties shall also apply to those who have encouraged or provided financial support, or a spectator encouraging a car drifter with a fine of SR1,500 or seizure of the car for 15 days, or both.
Riyadh traffic police and research and investigation teams have been trying to eradicate the phenomenon of drifting, which involves modifying vehicles to make their motors more powerful, and racing other cars in the streets. Efforts by authorities have resulted in the reduction of accidents and drifting incidents.
Last year, Riyadh traffic police arrested more than 646 car drifters during a period of six months preceding November.
Authorities have called on parents to monitor their sons, urging them to help reduce the extreme results of drifting since most of these violators are young people.

— With input from Sharif M. Taha


Ahmed Shaker, associate director of the Marina and Yacht Club in King Abdullah Economic City

Ahmed Shaker
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Ahmed Shaker, associate director of the Marina and Yacht Club in King Abdullah Economic City

  • Shaker served as the CEO of Mako Marine Consultancy from 2011 to 2017, operating with international partnerships between the US, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Shaker has been the associate director of the Marina and Yacht Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) since 2017.
He has worked in the industry for almost 30 years and was the CEO and president of the Marine Development Establishment in Jeddah between 2014 and 2017.
Shaker also served as the CEO of Mako Marine Consultancy from 2011 to 2017, operating with international partnerships between the US, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
Mako Marine Consultancy specializes in the recreational marine business and marine tourism with projects including the design and fitting of marinas and waterfronts, marine retail, yacht fitting, building and management, and marine maintenance and security.
Shaker has had experience with other consultancy firms and in various supervisory roles, including as maritime director for Hazim Consulting, marina and watersports manager at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and project manager at Jazan Economic City. In addition, he has worked as a private consultant for marina developments. He studied marine geology at King Abdul Aziz University, from where he gained a bachelor’s degree in 1995. He holds a master’s degree in business management from Amstead University, Pennsylvania, and also studied marina management at the International Marina Institute, in the US.
Speaking to Arab News about the ongoing development of tourism in the Kingdom, Shaker said: “When we initially began thinking about tourism in the KAEC three years ago, we took into consideration international standards. After three years of hard work, we’ve finally achieved these high international standards and we’re ready for international tourists.”