Ghassan Akeel

Three man-made blue lagoons with a total area of 750000 m², and comprising a constellation of 17 white sand beaches are spread over the Ayla community.

Offering world-class amenities in a glorious picture-perfect setting, Golf Hills is home to Jordan’s first 18-hole golf course. The district offers a contemporary Ayla Golf Club and Academy, extraordinary guest accommodations, as well as beautifully designed residential apartments, townhouses and villas.


As part of Ayla’s mission to help create a prosperous community that embraces its natural assets, the company strives to develop the golf course to become one of the most environmentally friendly in the world. At the district, every detail conspires to provide its residents and guests with a spectacular experience. With over 12km² of rolling greens, the lush landscape features three green pockets with panoramic views of the area, paved courtyards reminiscent of a traditional Arabic medina, playgrounds, sundecks, and swimming pools – including an infinity pool overlooking the golf course.

The Avenue district is Ayla’s interpretation of downtown living on the coast of the Red Sea.
This pedestrian-friendly boulevard boasts designer brand local and international names in fashion and lifestyle.

Our walk-friendly roads will guide you through the cosmopolitan Avenue district, taking you from the modern residences and apartments to the vast shopping and dining areas, which lead into historic Aqaba.

Offering the perfect blend of land and sea – from luxurious waterfront residences, to a world-class marina, to the Marina Village’s unique boutiques and restaurants – the district’s pulse of the Ayla community. Encompassing modern luxury and historic beauty, the Marina District comprises 17,000 m² of commercial space, three hotels with approximately 700 rooms, as well as 582 residential apartments and private villas.


The district is also home to Aqaba’s largest marina with almost 300 berths, fitting boats up to 40m long with a draft up to 4m, and providing exceptional facilities and services that adhere to international standards. With its pedestrian friendly roads, yearlong activities catering to adults and children, biking lanes, world-class amenities, and a bustling nightlife, the district offers its residents and visitors the opportunity to get lost in the magnificent coastal allure of the Red Sea.

Dazzling entertainment venues, organic designs, and culture, unite at Ayla’s Creek District – creating an urban-spirited community bustling with extraordinary energy. The district is home to an exquisite beach club as well as a collection of contemporary riverfront residences that combine the perks of urban and coastal living. The district’s waterfront includes 420 townhouses and 72 apartments.

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Advisory Board Member

Ghassan Akeel, the CEO of the Arab Supply and Trading Company (Astra Group), the parent company of Ayla Oasis Development Company, is involved in the strategic planning of the development project. Ghassan works closely with Ayla’s Board of Directors and management to provide key insight and guide the implementation of the project’s objectives and sits on the Board of Ayla’s subsidiary companies.


Ghassan assumed leadership of Astra Group in 2015. The group is a diversified company with a presence in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the rest of the Middle East, and with business activities in agriculture, trading, construction, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing, steel, telecommunications, hospitality and banking.


Ghassan’s career began at Arthur Andersen where his last post was Audit Manager prior to joining Astra Group. His successful journey with Astra began in 1995, when he joined the company as Group Chief Financial Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Managing Director in 2002 before finally assuming the CEO role. Today, he is on the board of a wide variety of large-scale corporations in the MENA region; Astra Industrial Group Company (Saudi Arabia); Arabia Insurance Cooperative Company (Saudi Arabia); Cairo Amman Bank (Jordan); ANHAM LLC (UAE); V-Tel Company (UAE); Nowroz Tel (Iraq); Itisaluna (Iraq); Al-Tanmiyah Steel Industries (Iraq); National Aviation Ground Support Company (Saudi Arabia) and Audacia Capital (UAE).


Ghassan has an MBA from Thunderbird University in Arizona, USA. He also holds a B.A. in Accounting and Management from the University of Jordan, in addition to being a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA).

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