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Texas A&M at Qatar to host Qatar Cool CEO Al Jaidah for next Al Maerifa talk 19 Nov.

Published Nov 16, 2020

Yasser Al Jaidah, CEO of Qatar District Cooling Company (Qatar Cool), will give the next talk in Texas A&M University at Qatar’s next Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series on 19 Nov. via Zoom. 

In his talk, “The Inescapable Inevitability of District Energy for our Future,” Al Jaidah will discuss the future of metropolitan energy systems and the evolution from conventional cooling to sustainable cooling systems. District energy supply can play a crucial role in reducing commercial costs and primary energy supply. Al Jaidah said that district cooling is perceived as an indulgence for affluent cities, but this perception eclipses the true necessity for such systems to ensure the sustainability of the country and the planet.

Qatar Cool is amongst the top five district cooling providers in the world, and the company owns and operates the largest district cooling plant in the world, situated on The Pearl Qatar. Qatar Cool is the driving force behind sustainable technology in the state of Qatar, providing cooling energy to two major districts with the total capacity of 237,000 tons of refrigeration. Qatar Cool’s growth continues with the recent news of the fifth cooling plant under construction on the Pearl Qatar.

Al Jaidah joined the company in 2015 as CEO where he is primarily accountable for the planning, management and direction of the day-to-day aspects of the business of the company subject to such policies and directives as the Board may adopt.

He has more than a decade of experience in energy and has worked on a range of worldwide projects on four continents in countries such as Qatar, Korea, Japan, France, Norway, USA, Italy, Singapore and the United Kingdom. He has held positions throughout the energy field, including maintenance, operations engineering, project management, marketing and venture projects. He established the first liaison office for RasGas in Korea and held a position of Inlet Facilities Project Lead for the RasGas expansion phase two projects. He was also seconded to ExxonMobil as a Project Execution Engineer in Houston, Texas (USA).

He completed a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri (USA) and an Executive MBA from HEC-Paris in Shanghai (China). He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Organized by Texas A&M at Qatar, the Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series continues the partner university’s core mission of sharing knowledge with the local community in Qatar, said Dr. César Octavio Malavé, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar.

“Qatar Cool is one of the largest district cooling providers in the world and Mr. Al Jaidah has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the energy industry,” Malavé said. “We are pleased to be able to host him to share his perspective as an engineer and an industry leader in Qatar with our students, faculty and staff, and with the community in Qatar.”

The Al Maerifa virtual seminar series features 45-minute seminars to promote knowledge on topics centered around Qatar’s grand challenges and research pursuits. The talks are presented in English and are designed for a general, nontechnical audience. Participants will be invited to ask questions at the end of the presentation. To register or for more information, visit