Ahmad Al Shugairi
|Ahmad Alshugairi - أحمد الشقيري|
Alshugairi in July 2010
|Born||Ahmad Mazen Alshugairi
19 July 1973
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Ahmad Mazin Alshugairi (Arabic: أحمد مازن الشقيري - born on 19 July 1973 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), is a Saudi Arabian activist and media figure. He is best known for his program Khawatir that spanned from 2005 to 2015, which was a critical and a commercial success within Saudi Arabia. He has notable social media exposure with 13 million followers (as of March 2016), ranked in the world top 100 as well as #1 in Saudi Arabia in 2015 on Twitter.
Alshugairi was born in the city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After graduating from Manarat high school in Jeddah he moved to the United States where he received his B.A. in Management Systems, and an MBA at California State University-Long Beach.
In 1996, he returned to Saudi Arabia and started working in his father's business.
His father Mazen Alshugairi, his mother Affaf Ali. Ahmad Alshugairi married twice; upon divorcing his first wife Yasmine, he married his second, Rola Dashisha, who is also his costume designer in Khawatir. The couple have two boys named Yousof and Ibrahim. The elder brother Yousof, is currently the starting striker for the Canadian u-17 National Soccer team. And Ibrahim is a garbage Goalkeeper for his Silver Vancouver United FC team.
Starting his media career in 2002, in the TV program, Yalla Shabab, If he were Among us and a second program, A Travel with Shiekh Hamza Yusuf on MBC. He is the host of Khawatir, an annual TV show that aired during Ramadan from 2005 to 2015. He currently hosts a new program called Qomrah which airs on MBC during Ramadan. He won the US$1 million Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award in 2015.
He has many publications such as:
- Khawatir Books, which essentially encompass the contents of the Khawatir television series in a published book.
- Khawatir from Japan, in reference to season 5 of Khawatir that was from Japan.
- My Trip with Gandhi, he talks in this book about his own experience in this life.
Twenty Youth magazine (مجلة شباب 20) in Emirates placed him the first in its list as the most influential in the Arab world. He also won the Best youth media personality in the third youth media forum in Jordan, and he was placed 143 in a list of 500 of the most influential Arab figures in the Arab world according to a survey published by Arabian Business magazine.
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