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.”


Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

Updated 11 November 2019

Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

  • A man intercepted one of the rally drivers and came at him with a gun
  • The suspect's firearm and vehicle have been seized

RIYADH: A criminal investigation has been launched after an armed man intercepted a vehicle taking part in a rally in Saudi Arabia.
The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution said the suspect came out of his car carrying a firearm and aimed it at the driver in a car competing in the AlUla-Neom race.
“The Public Prosecution has ordered the seizure of the firearm and the vehicle used in the crime, and ordered the arrest of the accused pending the case,” a statement issued on the state-run said.
The AlUla-Neom race ran from Tuesday to Saturday and was won by Saudi driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi.
Fifty-nine cars, seven motorcycles, seven quads and one truck tackled the even, which was the third stage of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship.