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

Ahmed Shaker
Updated 15 October 2019

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.”


Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

KSRelief aircraft contains medical supplies, ventilators and other relief goods for blast victims. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 August 2020

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

  • KSRelief teams are also active in treating blast victims

RIYADH: A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid arrived in Beirut on Saturday as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the Beirut blasts.

The air bridge was established on the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
KSRelief Adviser Dr. Ali bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi said the third plane is loaded with ventilators, hospital and medical equipment, as well as various medicines and disinfectants. It also contains food, tents, mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies.
So far, 200 tons of aid from the Kingdom have been flown to Lebanon with specialized teams to follow up and supervise the distribution operations.
KSRelief teams are also active in Lebanon in treating victims of the blast.
Earlier, two Saudi aircraft carrying more than 120 tons of medicines, equipment, and emergency supplies were dispatched to Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that the assistance highlights the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.

The Saudi aid will help alleviate the sufferings of Lebanese people.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, Chief of the High Relief, Commission in Lebanon

The twin blasts devastated large areas of the Lebanese capital and destroyed vital infrastructure, including grain storage silos and port facilities.
Lebanon, already reeling from an economic and currency collapse, now faces the threat of food shortages and a major hit to exports and imports.
Countries around the world have rushed to help Lebanon in the wake of the port explosion on Aug. 4.
The secretary-general of the High Relief Commission in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, thanked the Kingdom for the urgent humanitarian aid provided through KSRelief.
In a press statement, he praised the historical relations between the two countries, noting the Saudi aid will help alleviate the suffering of Lebanese people.
Residents in the Kingdom can also help Lebanon by making donations through KSRelief’s website.