Like the opposite passengers of the lacking submersible, Shahzada Dawood loves journey.
For the British-Pakistani businessman, 48, who boarded the vessel along with his son, Suleman, 19, the expedition to the wreck of the Titanic adopted a yearslong ardour for science and discovery, in accordance with family and friends.
“Touring, science, are a part of his DNA,” mentioned Ahsen Uddin Syed, a buddy of Mr. Dawood who used to work with him on the Engro Company, a enterprise conglomerate the place Mr. Dawood is the vice chairman.
Mr. Syed mentioned that Mr. Dawood loves Star Trek and Star Wars, and can be keen on nature, typically touring to faraway locations and sharing footage of his adventures.
“He’s an explorer,” Mr. Syed mentioned.
Like his father, Suleman Dawood additionally loves science fiction, in accordance with a press release from Engro. He additionally performs volleyball and takes a eager curiosity in fixing Rubik’s Cubes.
The elder Dawood’s Instagram profile is blanketed with high-definition footage of birds, flowers and landscapes, starting from Greenland’s ice sheet to penguins within the Shetlands to a tiny hen in London with the caption “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”
“Don’t adventures ever have an finish?” Mr. Dawood wrote in a Fb publish final 12 months from a visit in Iceland, quoting Bilbo Baggins from “The Fellowship of the Ring.” “I suppose not. Another person at all times has to hold on the story.”
Khalid Mansoor, one other former colleague of Mr. Dawood, mentioned that when the 2 labored collectively, Mr. Dawood was a passionate champion for the surroundings. He’s additionally a trustee on the SETI Institute, a company that’s dedicated to the seek for extraterrestrial intelligence.
“The scenario is extraordinarily severe,” the institute wrote in a press release on Tuesday. “We’re holding out each hope for a profitable rescue mission and the secure return of our brother and all these on board.”
The Dawood household declined to remark as a few of them traveled to Canada, the staging web site for the search, a spokeswoman for Engro mentioned.
Shahzada Dawood and his spouse, Christine, who stay in Britain, even have a daughter, Alina.
“Could Shahzada and Suleman return to us secure and sound,” Mr. Dawood’s sister, Sabrina Dawood, wrote in a Fb message.
Salman Masood contributed reporting.