Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kanoo Shipping Honored at FPC 20th Anniversary

Sheikh Hamad Bin Saleh Al Sharqi (son of Fujairah ruler [right] presented the appreciation award to Capt. Pramod Arora (MISC, MNI, Master Mariner) Shipping Manager - East Coast, Kanoo Shipping [left]

Dubai, UAE: Kanoo Shipping received recognition during the 20th Anniversary celebration of Fujairah Port Clinic held on 7th November 2013 at Al Diar Siji Hotel, Fujairah. 200 guests from local dignitaries and members of the Shipping Fraternity also gathered in the event. The function was held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamad Bin Saleh Al Sharqi, Vice Chairman of Fujairah National Group and Chairman of Al Sharq Healthcare.


Kanoo Shipping was awarded during the event as one of the big supporters for the Fujairah Port Clinic since its inception, for getting medical services for vessels calling under our agency.


Kanoo Shipping is an active and regular user of Fujairah Port Clinic for all the Seafarers requiring medical attention and also sending emergency Doctor Assistance to the vessel where emergency medical assistance is required.


Mr. Ahmed Alhafeiti, Deputy CEO, delivered his welcome address. Subsequently Dr. Antony Thomas gave an interesting presentation on “Healthy Living” which was very much appreciated by all guests and followed by a speech by Mr. Manuel Terreiro, HOD of Fujairah Port Clinic, speaking about the History of Fujairah and their achievement for the last 20 years and also their future plan for the maritime industry.


Historically, it was mentioned that Fujairah anchorage gained its prominence after the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) and the First Gulf War (1990-1991). The main attraction thereafter for Ship owners was to capitalize on the strategic advantages of Fujairah Anchorage before entering the Gulf where a number of Shipping Agents were available to provide a variety of husbandry services. Today Fujairah is recognised as one of the world’s biggest bunkering stations.


Fujairah Port Clinic, from a humble small beginning has grown to become the biggest healthcare services provider in the East Coast region (Covering Fujairah, Khorfakkan and Dibba) with various medical establishments under the brand name of Al Sharq Healthcare across UAE East Cost.


Fujairah Port Clinic pledged to continue to provide 24-hour Quality Medical Services to all its seafaring patients and is currently in the process of upgrading its clinic with a new 3-storey building. There will also be upgrades on medical services in the form of more doctors, laboratories, pharmacies and a ‘day stay’ room for patients.


The celebration concluded with closing remarks from Mr. Wagdi Zayed, Deputy CEO of Al Sharq Healthcare and Social Interaction.


A grand buffet followed after that which was a networking opportunity for all guests which included management representatives of Kanoo Shipping.

Kanoo Shipping recognized by Department of Tourism

Dubai, UAE: Kanoo Shipping, a member of The Kanoo Group was awarded with a trophy by Dubai Cruise Tourism (DCT), an entity of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) as recognition for its crucial role in Dubai’s emergence as one of the world’s most attractive cruise destinations for 2013-2013 held on 28th October 2013 at DTCM premises.

The Appreciation Award was also presented to other partners and stakeholders like DP World, Dubai Immigration, Dubai Customs, Dubai Police, Dubai Maritime City Authority, Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation – Security Department (PCFC-SD), the Roads & Transport Authority, the Department of Environment Health and Safety, Dubai Culture and various cruise ship agencies such as Gulf Agency Co., Inchcape Shipping, Khimji Ramdass, Rais Hassan Saadi, Seamaster Maritime, and Wilhelmsen as well as  tour operators such as Arabian Adventures, Gulf Ventures, Orient Tours, Sharaf Tours, SNTTA, and Travco, who  all shared invaluable contributions to Dubai with the strongest cruise season ever.

Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said: “The 2012-2013 cruise season reached new heights. We are proud to announce 93 confirmed ship calls this season, which include 63 home porting ship calls: 27 from Costa, 17 from Aida, and 19 from MSC ships. We’re also delighted to welcome seven maiden ship calls, a reflection of Dubai’s burgeoning appeal as a cruise hub.”

The burgeoning reputation of Dubai as an international hub for cruise tourism is set to be bolstered by an eventful 2013-2014 season, with more than 20 leading global cruise lines anticipated to bring in as many as 300,000 tourists to the Emirate, according to Dubai Cruise Tourism (DCT), an entity of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

From tours of the Arabian Gulf – taking in the region’s most majestic cities – to longer voyages to the Far East, India and the Mediterranean, cruises from Dubai will continue to offer a diverse selection of destinations for holidaymakers seeking adventure and relaxation alike over the coming season. By selecting the Emirate as a home port, tourists will be able to take advantage of its spectacular attractions – from world-renowned skyscrapers and shopping malls to beaches and leisure venues – at both the beginning and end of their expedition.

Among the upcoming cruises with Dubai as its home port are Cruise Ship Costa Fortuna and Cost Neo Riviera travelling to two of Oman’s major cities, Muscat and Khasab, as well as Abu Dhabi. Others include the Aida Diva – which visits Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain – and the MSC Lirica – stopping at Abu Dhabi, Khor Fakkan, Muscat and Khasab.

A planned expansion, which will endow Dubai Cruise Terminals with an additional facility spanning over 27,000 square meters to cater to cruise lines and visitors from 2014, is currently underway. Consequently, Dubai Cruise Terminals will be able to comfortably handle complete passenger turnaround of five cruise ships simultaneously.

Dubai is currently the home port for five of the world’s leading cruise lines - Costa, Aida, Royal Caribbean, TUI and MSC. Three of these lines – Costa and MSC Cruises from Italy and Aida cruises from Germany – will be operating Gulf Cruise itineraries out of Dubai this season, representing a total deployment of four ships. TUI Cruises from Germany will resume their operations from the 2014/2015 season and the Emirate is looking forward to welcoming USA based Royal Caribbean again in the 2015/2016 season.

Correspondingly, Kanoo Shipping will be having the first port call for the season, MV Seven Seas Voyager on 2nd December and MV Nautica on 7th December 2013.

Picture from Left to Right: Mr. Shihabdin Gulabdin, Service Manager – UAE (Kanoo Shipping) receives appreciation award from Mr. Helal AlMarri (Director General - Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing), Mr. Hamad M Bin Mejren (Executive Director, Business Tourism) and Mr. Jamal Humaid Al Falasi (Director, Cruise Tourism)

Management representatives of the Department of Tourism and Commerce (DTC) and Government of Dubai pose during the award ceremony

Kanoo Freight achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Kanoo Freight LLC UAE, a member of The Kanoo Group, one of the largest family owned conglomerates in the Gulf qualified for ISO 9001:2008 certification awarded by Bureau Veritas (BV) after a two stage assessment in August 2013. The BV auditor, Ms. Jihan Farouk confirmed the compliance during the audit held at Kanoo Freight LLC premise in UAE.
The first stage of audit was conducted on the 5th August in which the entire documented Quality Management System (QMS) of Kanoo Freight was reviewed and was found satisfactorily complying with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.  In the second stage audit on the 29th of August, the BV auditor visited all sections of Kanoo Freight and verified the actual implementation of the QMS.  Besides Kanoo Freight staff, the auditor quizzed Computer Services, HR & Administration departments’ managers and staff, who provided information and records to demonstrate compliance.
The achievement of ISO 9001:2008 certification is the result of the teamwork amongst all sections of Kanoo Freight under the leadership of Tiny Samat, Country Manager and the supporting departments.
Additionally, Mr. Tuan Indra Raseedeen, Assistant Manager for Sales and Marketing shouldered the responsibility as the Management Representative-Quality for Kanoo Freight and Mr. Naresh Pawar was also nominated as the Management Representative for HSE.
“This certification is another significant progress for Kanoo Freight which is bidding for project cargo business of major oil and gas companies together with other divisions of Kanoo. It will add to the credentials of Kanoo for providing integrated forwarding and shipping solutions for major industrial and infrastructure projects”, said Mr. Prashant Nasery, Projects & Quality Manager - UAE & Oman of The Kanoo Group.
The development and implementation of Kanoo Freight’s QMS was supported by Quality Department. During the exercise, Kanoo Freight management set Quality Objectives which included improvement in customer satisfaction, delivery of sea freight FCL consignments within 48 hours and delivery of air freight consignments within 24 hours. A system of regular measurement of these parameters was developed and implemented for continuous monitoring and improvement.
The QMS includes well defined procedures for handling customer complaints and non-conformities, control of documents and records, internal audits and management review – all essential requirements of ISO 9001:2008.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Kanoo Group Sponsors GCC Forum on Avoidable Blindness

As strong supporter of eye care activities, ‘The Kanoo Group’  along with few prominent organizations sponsored the recent GCC Forum on Avoidable Blindness, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan - Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, President of Sightsavers in the UAE, held at Fairmont Hotel, Dubai on 30th October 2013.

For the past decades, The Kanoo Group has always been actively involved in various charitable causes and continuously helps organizations to successfully carry out their valuable social missions and visions.

Honorable guests like HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Chair, The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness – EMRO), Lady Wilson (Vice President, Sightsavers) and HE Dr Abdulaziz Al Rajhi (Executive Co-Chair, International Agency for Prevention of Blindness – Eastern Mediterranean Region) graced the noteworthy event.

Introductory video about avoidable blindness marked the opening ceremony. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan also delivered his welcoming speech. Thereafter, various speakers discussed diverse topics on avoidable blindness in the developing world, the importance of early prevention, and promoting the role of the GCC in making eye care reachable to all segments of the society through specialist treatment and support to those who have lost their vision by providing education, counseling and training.

The forum was organised by Sightsavers Middle East and Prevention of Blindness Union (PBU).

Sightsavers is an international development charity founded in 1950 working to prevent and cure blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind. Over the years, its achievements include over 289.9M treatments, over 7.4263M operations to restore sight, training for over 611,650 primary eye care workers and over 23,430 rehabilitation workers; and a rehabilitation training for over 115,228 people. It is active in 35 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Sightsavers Middle East is being chaired by HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

Prevention of Blindness Union (PBU) is a regional umbrella organization that coordinates, collaborates, and advocates activities in the field of comprehensive eye care with all stakeholders such as Governments, Non-Governmental Development Organizations (NGDOs), international multilateral organizations, professionals, and institutions from the Africa and Eastern Mediterranean Region. PBU is chaired by HRH Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Saud. The head office for PBU is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

According to Sightsavers, today there are 39 million blind people in the world. Most of them live without sight just because they are poor. The real tragedy is that 80% of all cases could be prevented or cured with straight-forward and low-cost treatments.

No one should be needlessly blind… As member of the community, how do you get involved and help prevent avoidable blindness and rehabilitate the blind in the developing world?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

An Evening with John Cleese concludes a Successful Show

Dubai, UAE: John Cleese brought his hilarious performance back to Dubai for the second time after the success of last year’s show. The recent event, “An Evening with John Cleese” held at Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah on 5th to 9th November 2013 was another impressive sold-out-ticket crowd. This brilliant entertainment with the comedy legend was again presented in partnership with The Kanoo Group.

The show was basically the same show as before except that it was more polished and more personal, plus a session on Question and Answer where he challenged his audience not to ask anything overly polite of rudimental. He became most engrossed when asked about how he felt about losing his role as Q in the Bond films.

John Cleese didn’t fail to stop the crowd from laughing so hard from every bit of his funny lines. As the event sponsor, Kanoo family and other management staff of The Kanoo Group also gathered in the show to witness the comedy legend.

Cleese did well both in sports and academics, but his real love was comedy. Several of these comedy reviews were met with great hit. Now aged 74, John Cleese with his usually poker face, clipped middle class accent extended his humour often involving ordinary people in ordinary situations, behaving absurdly for no obvious reason. He once explained that the origin of his fondness for black humour was the only thing that he inherited from his mother.

During the show, he shared his extraordinary life experiences like the time when he attended the funeral of a fellow Python Graham Chapman where his speech had funeral goers laughing uncontrollably, among others.

Beside his infamous character as a sharp-tongued, rude and clumsy yet somehow lovable proprietor of an English seaside hotel in the legendary TV series, “Fawlty Towers”. He rose to prominence with his BBC radio series as a writer and eventually collected to be a talent for his own program, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” which displayed a strange and completely absorbing blend of low farce and high-concept absurdist humour, and remains influential to this day.

When asked about what he thinks of Dubai, his answer was, “Unique - a bit like Vegas. But with flashes of good taste”, he answered.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kanoo Machinery, Kanoo Rental and Stor-Mat Systems unveil new technologies

Dubai, UAE: Kanoo Machinery, KANRENT and Stor-Mat-Systems LLC, all members of The Kanoo Group joined forces in participating in the 2013 Materials Handling Middle East, an international exhibition for logistics, warehousing, supply chain, freight, cargo – products & services, held on 10th - 12th September 2013 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This year’s exhibition, now in its 7th edition was larger than the previous one which highlighted 152 brands from 18 countries on a larger floor area and included all of the world’s best known brands for materials handling and supply chain industries.

Mr. Deon Klerck, Assistant Sales Manager of Kanoo Machinery organized this year’s partaking in the exhibition. This event was made possible through direct supervision of Mr. Bob Jennings, General Manager of Kanoo Machinery.

Dedicated product specialist from sales and aftermarket of Kanoo Machinery promoted advance equipment from premier brands Hyster, Utilev and Aisle-Master for materials handling as well as Tennant for cleaning. Actual machine demonstrations were also carried for prospective clients out in a purpose built demonstration area. Kanoo Machinery has always been highly recognized for its quality service standards, based on ISO 9001 Bureau Veritas certification, for which they have received numerous awards such as the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award and the Dubai Quality Award.

Additionally, Kanoo Machinery promoted their KANRENT and RMS (Remote Monitoring System) service offerings. KANRENT caters to the rising demand for high quality equipment rentals in the warehouse and logistics sectors while RMS is a technological innovation that enables customers to maximise their operational efficiencies and lower costs by providing real time information on machine and driver efficiency. These products are being supported by full service workshops and a mobile team of on-site mechanics to keep the rented fleet fully operational at all times.

Correspondingly, technological advancements for storage were also offered by Stor-Mat Systems. Stor-Mat Systems has been one of the few locally based storage and material handling company with the in-house expertise to carry out the design of complex storage facilities. It was formed in 1993 and officially became a member of The Kanoo Group in 2011. 

Some of the products showcased in The Kanoo Group stand were R1.4H Hyster Reach Truck ; T12 – Tennant Compact Ride on Scrubber Dryer ; T5 – Tennant Walk Behind Floor Scrubber Dryer; P2.08 Platform Pallet Truck; S1.5SSL Hyster Platform Stacker; J2.0XNT Hyster Electric Counter Balance Fork; H3.0FT Hyster Counterbalance IC Forklift; UT30P Utilev Counterbalance IC Forklift Truck, Pallet Live Storage (pallets are gravity fed by rollers, perfect stock rotation, first in first out, fast and safe); Cantilevers (store long and awkward items, light duty also available) and Hyster’s Economy Line Hand Pallet Trucks.

Mr. Shakil Merchant, Divisional Manager of Kanoo Machinery (Sales & Marketing – UAE) during the exhibition commented: “This event is a significant opportunity for us to promote the recent products and developments that we offer to our clients and prospect customers in the region which is especially focused on such industry sector. The result is well organized and I am very proud of the teamwork that each and everyone contributed, from our divisions and joint venture.”

The Materials Handling Middle East 2013 was sponsored by Span® (platinum sponsor) and Al-Futtaim Auto Machinery Co. LLC (FAMCO) (associate sponsor) and VDMA, SCLG and Materials Handling and Intralogistics (association supporters).


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Kanoo Group to sponsor "An Evening with John Cleese"

Dubai, UAE: For the second year running, The Kanoo Group will be sponsoring the show “An Evening with John Cleese”, up close and personal with the comedy legend, to be held on 5th to 9th November 2013 at Madinat Theatre - Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. From his origins as a sketch writer for BBC radio, to his star turns in Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers, he has made a career out of making people laugh. He has played the role of ‘The Guv’ in the critically acclaimed South African film ‘Spud’. He has also starred in Clockwise, and has appeared in many other films, including two James Bond films, two Harry Potter films, and the last three Shrek films. In his Alimony Tour, Cleese explained the origin of his fondness for black humour, the only thing that he inherited from his mother. Examples of it are the Dead Parrot sketch, "The Kipper and the Corpse" episode of Fawlty Towers, his clip for the 1992 BBC2 mockumentary "A Question of Taste", the Undertakers sketch, the Vomit episode in The Meaning of Life and his eulogy at Graham Chapman's memorial service.
Following sell-out shows in Dubai at the Madinat Theatre last year, “An Evening with John Cleese” will come back in November where Mr. Cleese will entertain audiences with his hilarious antidotes. This year, a Q&A session will be included at the end of the show whereby audience participants will be invited to pose a question to the maestro himself.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fujairah Port welcomes new YBA Kanoo CEO

Maurice Ghattas, CEO, YBA Kanoo

Dubai, UAE: Maurice Ghattas, the newly appointed CEO of YBA Kanoo is ready to embrace his new role in overseeing long-term business strategies in the Gulf. As part of his latest engagements, he visited the Fujairah Port along with top representatives of The Kanoo Group on 10th September 2013, wherein he was warmly received by senior members.
Mr. Fahad Kanoo (Executive Director – UAE), Mr. Bob Curtis (CEO – UAE & Oman) and Mr. John Drinkwater (Kanoo Shipping Manager – UAE) graced the gathering and introduced the new group Chief Executive, Mr. Maurice Ghattas in the presence of prominent officials of Fujairah Port – Mr. John Mittelstein (Marketing Manager), Mr. David J. Nicholas (Operations Manager), Capt. Mohamed Youssef Hassan (Marine Pilot & Port Security Officer), Capt. Shaher Sartawi (Deputy Operation Manager) and Capt. Mousa Murad (General Manager), among others.

The Kanoo Group & Fujairah Port management pose during the new YBA Kanoo CEO visit

Fujairah Port is a significant part of The Kanoo Group of companies because of their long business association. Kanoo Shipping, a member of The Kanoo Group has been the topmost agent of the Port for the past three consecutive years.

The conducted meeting was very dynamic wherein latest developments taking place in Fujairah were discussed. Also, major points were tackled on how The Kanoo Group can become more involved in these various developments. Afterwards, the new CEO was guided round the port facilities, visited one of Kanoo Marine boats and then visited Kanoo’s existing facilities which are headed up by Captain Pramod Arora (Shipping Manager – Fujairah) and Dewon Holmes (Marine Manager). He was then introduced to the rest of the Kanoo Team.

Today, Fujairah Port is one of the world’s anchorage and bunkering locations. It is a multi-purpose port that caters for containers, general and bulk cargoes, as well as oil activity. Two bulk loaders handle the Emirates considerable aggregate exports and the Port also hosts the UAE’s strategic grain reserve.

Since Fujairah Port became operational in 1983, it has embarked on a continuous policy of enhancement to both its facilities and its comprehensive range of services. It is situated on the Eastern Seaboard of the UAE, approximately 70 nautical miles from the Straits of Hormuz. Its strategic position has proved attractive to both the range of users of the multi-purpose Port and the significant numbers of vessels calling at the Fujairah Anchorage for Bunkers, Supplies and Service. The Fujairah Anchorage is internationally recognized for its safety, security and calm waters.

Kanoo Shipping operates in 19 countries and in all principal ports and offshore tanker loading terminals around the Arabian Peninsula including Iraq and Sudan. In addition to its fully owned offices and joint ventures in the Arabian Peninsula, its regional network operates through well established partnerships in Egypt, Jordon, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Seychelles.

Kanoo Shipping is one of the founders of S5 Agency World Ltd., the rapidly growing global shipping agency company established to meet the increasing requirements of clients looking to benefit from the financial and the process efficiencies derived from global coverage. Stakeholders in the company are all financially strong, regional market leaders. S5 has become a recognized player within the Global agency market through its world class IT system and local expertise.

Nowadays, Kanoo Shipping is moving full steam ahead with a commitment to extend its range of services and port coverage to meet the ever-changing global requirements of the shipping industry.

Mr. Ghattas has a wide expertise in business development and management. His professional background included experiences in United Technologies, Carrier Knoll, MFG, W R Grace and other GCC family conglomerates which gives him the unique combination of skills and knowledge in doing business not only in Bahrain but throughout the Middle East.

Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

Kanoo Marine in Fujairah Port


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kanoo Shipping wins top trophy in 2013 DSAA Bowling Championship

Mr. Rajeeva Fonseka (left) of Kanoo Shipping receives 1st Place Award in the 2013 DSAA Bowling Championship held at Dubai International Bowling Center

Dubai, UAE: Mr. Rajeeva Fonseka from Kanoo Shipping, won 1st Place against 115 players from 20 different shipping companies in the 2013 DSAA Bowling Championship (Male Category) held at Dubai International Bowling Center on 22nd June 2013.

Kanoo Shipping along with various Shipping Agents and Shipping Lines in Dubai participated in the Bowling Tournament to support one of DSAA’s major objectives to foster and strengthen the relations and cooperation between its members. Apart from this activity, the DSAA also organizes other sports events like Football as one of major events, Cricket and Badminton Tournament, and offers educational classes for this cause.

Dubai Shipping Agents Association (DSAA) is a non-profit organization, not engaged in any commercial activity that provides a platform for the general concern and interest of shipping industry. It is a brainchild of reputable members of the Shipping Agent’s community in Dubai who, with the support of the Director of the Department of Ports & Customs, identified the need for a joint representation of shipping agents doing business in the ports of Dubai.

The 2013 DSAA Bowling Championship was a remarkable success for Kanoo Shipping after Mr. Rajeeva Fonseka, scoring 524 points, brought home the major Championship title for Male Category.

Mr. Fahim Golandaz of Modern Freight Co. (ALMAR Containers) and Mr. Joel of AMI garnered 2nd and 3rd Place with scores of 515 and 447 points respectively.

On the other hand, Ms. Cristin of HMM earned 1st Place for Female Category, with a total score of 385 points. Ms. Irene Penales of Simatec – 2nd Place and Ms. Daisy Alcantara of Goodluck Shippng – 3rd place, each scored 367 and 325 points.

The tournament ended on a peaceful note. Aside from the exciting match that everyone experienced, representatives from Kanoo Shipping along with members of DSAA developed a sense of camaraderie and teamwork which are important contributions in the development of the entire association.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Kanoo Machinery recognizes top performers in the 5th Parts Meeting

Kanoo Machinery - Parts Team conducts 5th Parts Meeting in its
Jebel Ali office

Dubai, UAE: Kanoo Machinery honored three outstanding performers for 2012 in the 5th Parts Meeting held on 29th May 2013 in its Jebel Ali new facility. The awards ceremony, recently integrated as part of the program was one of the highlights of the event which gathered team members of the Parts Division from various branches.

This regular meeting aims to address related issues and to discuss group performance and achievements. In addition, it also gives recognition to top performers of the year which contributed a lot in the success and development of Kanoo Machinery.

The 2012 Parts Awards were given to Afroz Mujawar (Parts Supervisor-Abu Dhabi) and Maryam Talib (Customer Service Coordinator-Dubai) consequently.
Afroz Mujawar won the “Parts Employee of the Year 2012”. His key achievements for 2012 were as follows: Sold and liquidated DIG DOG buckets which were non-moving items for many years; achieved maximum growth in Parts sales (34%) and uptrend sales in all franchises; provided trainings/mentoring and contributed a lot in general in building a successful Parts team in Abu Dhabi.

Maryam Talib received an award for her outstanding customer service performance for 2012. She excellently handled heavy load of parts inquiries from customers; provided fast and accurate sending of quotes to customers; at times has sent more than 40 quotations to customers in a single day; ensured that customer queries were timely attended to and responded to without any delay. In general, her performance resulted to increase in overall smooth, efficient and precise production of customer service Parts team in Dubai.
K. Gopinath was also granted with exceptional “Service Award” for his loyalty, commitment and dedication in the service for 35 years. He has been an important constituent in building the Parts team since he joined in 1977.

Mr. Bob Jennings, General Manager of Kanoo Machinery, during his opening speech, presented a Vision for Kanoo Machinery which served as an advice and guidance in realigning plans and future actions. He also mentioned that Parts team has emerged as one of the best teams in Kanoo Machinery Division.

The 5th Parts Meeting concluded with review of actions and results embarked for the year 2012 and discussed upcoming objectives for Kanoo Machinery-Parts Division.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Kanoo Group earns ENOC Award for outstanding performance

Dubai, UAE – May 05, 2013 - Kanoo Power & Industrial Projects (P&IP), a division of The Kanoo Group received the Strategic Supplier Recognition Award (Silver Award – Supply, Trading & Processing) from Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)-Dubai for its valuable contribution and performance for 2012 held at Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City on 5th May 2013.
Mr. Fahad Kanoo, Executive Director of The Kanoo Group (center) receives recognition award from key officials of ENOC

Mr. Saeed Khoory, CEO of ENOC Dubai presented the award trophy to Mr. Fahad Kanoo, Executive Director of The Kanoo Group, on behalf of Kanoo Power & Industrial Projects (P&IP).

Kanoo Power & Industrial Projects (P&IP) won the award for its successful execution of two major projects i.e. Gas Plant Mothballing and Shutdown Project at DUGAS. Projects were completed within the time schedule and with utmost satisfaction from its client.

The recent event organized by ENOC was to honour its major suppliers/ contractors for their outstanding role in strengthening ENOC's operational efficiency for the year 2012. Only 15 key suppliers including The Kanoo Group were awarded the special recognition out of ENOC's 1,540 active suppliers.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Kanoo Group extends support for Abu Dhabi Industry Award

The Kanoo Group extends support for abu Dhabi Industry award

Dubai, UAE – May 14, 2013 - Being a constant advocate of educational excellence, The Kanoo Group extended its major sponsorship in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Industry Award (ADIA) which honors students of Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) for their exceptional academic performances. The award ceremony, now on its 10th year was held at HTC Abu Dhabi Men's College on 14th May 2013.
Mr. Ameel Murshed (P. A. to Chairman - UAE & Oman) and Mr. Hesham Nass (Business Development Manager – Kanoo Commercial Group) both attended the 2013 Abu Dhabi Industry Award as official delegates of The Kanoo Group.
His Excellency Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi, Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology inaugurated the program in the presence of graduates, parents, faculty, staff and senior representatives of The Kanoo Group along with other corporate sponsors where he delivered his keynote address.
His Excellency warmly welcomed the industry partners at the ceremony who believed in their students and their capabilities. He said that he wanted to interact more closely with them to find out what are their expectations of the students and to work towards achieving, if not exceeding those expectations.
Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology added, "We greatly thank our many industry partners and recognize their ongoing support of, and sponsorships with, the Higher Colleges which make the Abu Dhabi Industry Award such an important aspect of our graduates' development and growth. The success of this awards system is due to our partners' magnificent support throughout the years."
This ADIA award is open to graduates from all 17 HCT campuses located across the United Arab Emirates. Under the awards' scheme, the campuses can nominate students from the 2012 graduate cohort who attained Grade Point Average scores of 3.5 and above. The students will be from many hundreds of Masters, Bachelors, Higher Diploma and Diploma graduates, who excelled in any of the six core programme fields taught at HCT and based on the students' graduation projects, work placement grades, attendance records and contributions to college activities and the community in general.
Thirty one 2012 Graduates qualified for the said criteria as outstanding ambassadors of the HCT's ethos of achieving excellence in education. Significant cash rewards were given to 29 undergraduates and 2 master's graduates where each received AED 25,000 and AED 30,000 respectively. This accolade is one of the largest highest educational prizes in the country.
The ADIA is overseen by a distinguished Board of Governors which ensures that key objectives are achieved as follows: To encourage national students to pursue professional programs which are vital for local industry; To encourage national students to excel in their studies and attitude to reflect positively on the country; and To provide a platform for UAE industry to recognize excellence in national graduates.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Kanoo Group honored at World Civil Defense Day

Ameel Murshed (left) from The Kanoo Group receives the honor from Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi during the 2013 World Civil Defense Day

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Kanoo Group received a plaque and a certificate of appreciation from Civil Defense body in celebration of World Civil Defense Day which took place on 7th May 2013 at Police Officers Club, Abu Dhabi.

The award was given to The Kanoo Group, along with other participating companies, strategic partners, and media representatives as significant contributor in the success of the World Civil Defense Day 2013 which took place under the theme: “Civil Defense and the Preparation of Civil Associations for Disaster Prevention.”

Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Acting General Commander-in-chief together with Colonel Dr. Jassim Al Mudrib, of Civil Defense, presented the honour to Mr. Ameel Murshed, PA to Chairman-Abu Dhabi office, on behalf of The Kanoo Group.
Key management officials of the Civil Defense General Headquarters were also present in the occasion.

Event highlights include presentation of a documentary film explaining the tasks and work of civil defense forces, along with the role of the fire fighters and rescuers to provide security and safety to people; and also a poem recited by Major Mohammad Bakhit Al Menhali expressing his love to the homeland and its leadership titled, “The UAE.”

Major General Al Matroushi stressed the cooperation and communication between civil defense forces and the media, highlighting the role of the media in spreading the culture of protection among all society members. In his speech, he said, “This recognition falls under the approach that the civil defense leadership follows to honor excellence in order to empower success, motivate capabilities, launch initiatives, and achieve further successes.”

The Kanoo Group was also proud to support the Civil Defense in its commitment to further enhance protection of the nation and its citizens.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Proscape Dubai Purchases 10 Bobcat S 130 Skid Steer Loaders

“When it comes to reliability, ruggedness, ease of use and versatility, Bobcat Skid Steer Loaders has it all. These are some of the reasons why Proscape, one of Dubai’s leading landscaping companies purchased 10 units of S130s from Kanoo Machinery Dubai," said Mr. Vinay Naik, Manager of the holding company, Transmech.

"The Bobcat Skid Steers are very important parts of our operation and they are helping us turn what is an arid desert to lush green environments such as what you see at The Villas,” he added.

Mr. Vinay Naik receives his units from Kanoo Machinery-Dubai

Kanoo Machinery & Proscape Staff
Vinay Naik talks to James Mc Sorley, Branch Manager of Kanoo Machinery-Dubai

The first batch of three machines were dispatched to The Villa project, just off the 311 highway. The units were immediately put to work much to the delight of the site foreman.

Mr. Vinay Naik was on site to receive the units which were delivered in the month of April this year. He explained that the Bobcats will be operating in some of the prestigious housing projects such as:
  • Villa Project
  • Studio City
  • Silicon Oasis
  • Bright Star Jumeirah
The client was totally confident with the machine performance and more than satisfied with the aftermarket offer. It also looks forward to a long-term relationship with Kanoo Machinery.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Kanoo Group bags ADNOC HSE Award

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Kanoo Group, on behalf of Kanoo Power & Industrial Projects (P&IP) received an ADNOC HSE Award 2012 for Group Company & Contractor Partnership during a ceremony held on 23rd April 2013 at Ritz Carlton Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has been conducting the Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) Award program every year since 1997 to recognize the achievements of group companies, contractors, teams and persons in pursuing their commitment towards protecting health and safety of people, and safeguarding the environment.

Main categories for HSE Awards were: Innovation, Occupational Health, Safety, Environment, Sustainability, HSE Performance and HSE Champion. In addition, the award includes special recognition to its Directorate, Group companies and contracting partners working in the UAE.

The Kanoo Group was one of the top two contractors to win the Group Company & Contractor Partnership Award along with Taisei Corp. Japan.

Raman Marwaha (Commercial Manager, P&IP UAE), Ameen Sheikh (Regional Manager, P&IP Abu Dhabi) and Chandan Radhakrishnan (Project Manager, P&IP Abu Dhabi) representatives from The Kanoo Group received the prestigious award presented by Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi (Director General of ADNOC Group).

The Kanoo P&IP Division’s ongoing two-year 'Fugitive Emissions Monitoring Services contract' with Borouge won this accolade. The project monitors management of part leak integrity at the Borouge polymers production facility in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi - a facility owned and operated by the Abu Dhabi Polymers Company Limited. The Kanoo Group provides overall site-based people, resources and logistics. The program ensures that product leak risks are properly identified and managed, and helps reduce emissions in environment from leaks in plant process areas.

The Borouge fugitive emissions management program is part of Abu Dhabi Polymers' continuing assurance to production performance improvement and environmental emissions reduction. This involves leak survey of over 300,000 potential leak sources within the Ruwais production facility and performance improvement services to similar hydrocarbon-based production facilities throughout the Arabian Gulf region.
The Kanoo Group – P&IP’s accomplishment sets a milestone on importance of environmental protection and is in line with its commitment towards corporate social responsibility.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mishal Kanoo Signs DP World Supply Deal

Dubai, UAE: Kanoo Machinery, a member of The Kanoo Group secured an exclusive long-term supply deal with DP World to further strengthen business optimism and the growing alliance between two of the region’s leading companies. 

Mr. Nabil Qayed (Technical Director), Mr. Jamal Ahmed Al Kindi (Manager-Materials Management) and other procurement officials from DP World attended the signing ceremony, with the presence of senior management members of The Kanoo Group and Kanoo Machinery.
Mishal Kanoo (right) signs supply deal with DP World

In an opening speech, Mr. Mishal Kanoo said that The Kanoo Group is privileged and honoured to be associated with DP World. He is optimistic that the partnership can help make DP World become more successful and that The Kanoo Group will be proud to be a part of it.

Mr. Esam Khoori also commented that the strategic partnership is a great advantage with mutual benefits which can bring right results, with the right people.

“I would like to thank Kanoo Machinery for their initiative, walking the extra mile with DP World in bringing this business relationship from customers’ to partners’ level. This consignment of spare parts wouldn’t come to reality if not for their efforts and in believing in DP World as a successful international company representing Dubai and the UAE,” said Mr. Jamal Ahmed Al Kindi.

Shakil Merchant, Divisional Sales Manager-UAE, Kanoo Machinery added, “Kanoo Machinery had been looking forward to this day and we have been working hard for a long time to achieve this. At last this deal has come true and is a good association of the business with the consignment stock keeping in DP World.”

As the organiser for the event, Praveen Hubli, Aftermarket Sales Manager-UAE, Kanoo Machinery further said, “The consignment stock concept discussed with DP World was very much appreciated and welcomed. DP World does not have to keep an inventory of spare parts for machines as this is done in Kanoo Machinery premises, and the required parts will be available 24/7. Therefore  efficiency and delivery time are greatly reduced, thus giving immense benefits to both parties.”

This undertaking is another mark of a long-term business commitment that The Kanoo Group shares with DP World. Most recently, Kanoo Machinery has also received the Top Vendor Award for the year 2012 by DP World, as a constant reminder of their good business relationships and dedication that brings business opportunities up to the next level.

About Kanoo Machinery

Kanoo Machinery caters to diverse industries in both government and private sectors through a wide range of equipment and consumables from world's leading manufacturer brands such as Grove, Hyster, Perkins, Bobcat, Tennant, Massey Ferguson, Lincoln Electric, Norton, AUSA, Sullair, Beach Tech, Aisle-Master and Utilev. These world-class products are backed by Kanoo Machinery's strong support of efficient Sales and Aftermarket network throughout the UAE - with branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah and RAK.

About The Kanoo Group

‘The Kanoo Group’ is one of the largest, independent, family-owned groups of companies in the Gulf region established in 1890. It has diversified business industries in shipping, travel, machinery, logistics, property, oil & gas, power, industrial chemicals, training, joint ventures, retail and commercial activities, among others, and operates extensively throughout Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen and Qatar.

Our Vision 

The Leading Family Business in the Region and Beyond

Our Mission 
Delivering Sustainable Excellence

Our Values 
Customer Focused, Ethical, Innovative, Agile, Competent & Intelligent, Collaborative, Accountable 

P.O. Box 290, Dubai, UAE. Toll Free: 800 KANOO, Fax: 04-3933636, Websites: /

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