Ahmed Al-Hakbani, governor of Saudi Customs

Ahmed Al-Hakbani
Updated 05 October 2019

Ahmed Al-Hakbani, governor of Saudi Customs

  • Al-Hakbani earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from King Saud University in 2000
  • His career began at Microsoft as a technical account manager from 2000 to 2004

Ahmed Al-Hakbani has been governor of Saudi Customs since January 2017.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from King Saud University in 2000, and his master’s degree in strategy, economics and international business from INSEAD in France.

From 2011 to 2012, he attended the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also attended the IMD Business School in 2015.

His career began at Microsoft as a technical account manager from 2000 to 2004. In 2006, he served as a business development manager for Cisco Systems, and two years later he became an IT and strategy adviser to the deputy minister of planning and IT, in a freelance capacity.

Al-Hakbani was a transformation director and freelance consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2013. He also served as an adviser to the minister of commerce and industry and a director general of international communication in that ministry between 2014 and late 2015, and he served as deputy minister of foreign trade in 2016.

Saudi Customs is participating in the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

During his speech, Al-Haqbani reviewed various stages of the Kingdom’s transformation under the ambitious plans of Saudi Vision 2030.

The first step for Saudi Customs, he explained, is to become the best regional customs service, contributing to the Kingdom’s vision of becoming a global platform for logistical services, and raising economic competitiveness.


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.