Maha Shakir has been an active member of various book clubs in Dubai since 2010. She is also the co-organizer of three book clubs, Iqraa (reads both fiction and nonfiction books in Arabic), Kutub BilArabi (reads Arabic literature translated into English), and Safar Dubai (alternates reading a mixed variety of fiction and nonfiction books in English). Both Iqraa and Kutub BilArab frequently organize discussions with Arab authors visiting or residing in the UAE.
Shakir works as a volunteer with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Abu Dhabi Book Fair, Gulf for Good charity, and the school community.
Shakir has a PhD in Information Systems Management and teaches on a casual basis in accredited Masters programs at Knowledge Village in Dubai.