Global Energy Initiative: Key role for Crescent Petroleum CEO

Updated 04 September 2013
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Global Energy Initiative: Key role for Crescent Petroleum CEO

Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, described as the Middle East’s oldest private oil and gas company, and vice chairman of the Crescent Group of companies, has been elected deputy chairman of the Global Energy Initiative (GEI), a major international not-for-profit organization with the mission of promoting sustainable energy for all to fight energy poverty, protect the environment, and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Headquartered at UN Plaza in New York, the GEI aims to tackle the issue of energy poverty in the poorest countries of the world, and has as its mission to create “a new energy paradigm that will contribute to more equitable economic and social development — to the benefit of humanity in general — and to the developing and least developed countries in particular.”
Majid Jafar, who is also MD of the board of Dana Gas PJSC and a board member of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, was elected deputy chairman of the GEI by the board of directors of the international organization, which includes former ministers and UN officials, leading academics, experts and corporate CEOs.
According to Jafar, one of the most important elements of GEI’s work is its dedication to the broader principles and guidelines adopted by the UN for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which will contribute to the success of “2014-2024: The Decade of Sustainable Energy for All” — a historical effort by the international community to fight energy poverty and strengthen global energy security, while protecting the environment and mitigating the effects of climate change.

Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum and deputy chairman of the GEI, said: “Like food, shelter, and medicine, access to affordable energy for all people must be viewed as an international objective that will require cooperation and coordination on a global scale to achieve in a sustainable manner that encourages development.”
Among its other activities, the GEI will be hosting the Global Conference on Energy Sustainability and Security at UN Headquarters in New York on Dec. 11 and 12, in partnership with governments from across the world.
The conference will help to establish the vision, priorities, and action plans necessary for creating a new global sustainable energy paradigm that will contribute to more equitable economic and social development, benefiting all nations and people, strengthening the role of public-private partnerships, and promoting understanding between developed and developing countries on energy policies, technology transfer, and sharing best practices.


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.