Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kanoo Employee supports sporting event for intellectually disabled athletes

The 8th Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Regional Games is seen as a major boost for disabled sport in the society. 
Dubai, UAEMohd Sagher Mubarak Mohammed Mubarak of Kanoo Machinery took part in the Eighth Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Games held at Cairo, Egypt on 3rd - 10th December 2014 to support members of the community with intellectual disabilities.

Mr. Mubarak volunteered as one of the facilitators of the event, as emissary of The Kanoo Group. He was hailed for his support and contribution to the UAE Disabled Sports Federation as one of the supervisors of the UAE team. He held a major role as an Instructor for the ‘Riding Horse team’. The athletic tournaments included equestrian - in addition to swimming, cycling, bowling, weightlifting, skiing, table tennis, floor tennis, boccia, volleyball, handball, basketball, badminton, soccer and gymnastics.

The playoffs featured athletes with intellectual disabilities in the MENA region, with competing teams from 15 different countries. Separate conferences were also spearheaded by leaders of their communities for the youth leaders, family members and Special Olympics athletes.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi opened the Special Olympics with the presence of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi and Minister of Sports Khalid Abdel Aziz, along with several high-level representatives from other participating countries. 

His Excellency earlier issued directives to provide all the necessary needs of the Egyptian intellectually disabled team and to remove all obstacles facing the delegation. He stated, “These players are part of the Egyptian society and they have equal rights that should be taken care of.”

Thousands of people attended the latest edition with the aim to continue to facilitate progress at the Paralympic Games and to bring home top medals and honours. The event further provides encouragement and empowerment for athletes with special needs to positively contribute to the welfare of their society and to the achievements of the nation and the entire Region.

Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa is one of the Special Olympics’ global seven regions and a global social movement, the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries -- and millions more volunteers and supporters. For the past years, it has been flourishing from 20,000 athletes in 2001 to 150,000 in 2013; with a goal to transform lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere.

Essentially, the inaugural Special Olympics Middle East-North Africa Regional Games was first held in 1999 in Cairo, and was previously hosted by Tunisia, Rabat, Dubai, Damascus and others. 

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EmQuest Cricket Mania 2015: Kanoo Thunders racks up impressive win

With the Strong and Aggressive performance,
Kanoo Thunders did it again!

Dubai, UAE: Kanoo Thunders, Kanoo Travel’s Cricket team triumphed in the recent Sabre EmQuest Indoor Cricket Tournament after beating Sharaf Travels in the finals, which was held at the Insportz Indoor Cricket facility in Dubai on 30th January 2015.

With the same aggression and unbeaten momentum, Kanoo Thunders overthrew ATE, ALTA, Dada Bhai Travels and Valencia Travels out of 25 participating teams.

Captain Abdul Karim hailed his team for their overall outstanding performance, through the confidence and attitude they showed on the field.  

Kanoo Thunders Athletes Asim Fawaz, Tabrez Shaikh, Liston Olivera, Rafaz Mulla, Kaish Mujawar, Rizwan Alambath, Ankit Desai, Sajid Shaikh and Rijeesh gave their consistent remarkable competence throughout the tournament which was headed by Syed Moiz and Irfan Zaka.

Kanoo Travel was announced as the Grand Winner in addition to special accolades achieved by individual players from Kanoo Thunders. Asim received the ‘Best Bowler’ and Rafaz for ‘Man of the Match’ award respectively.

Mr. Sunil D'souza (General Manager, Kanoo Travel – UAE & Oman) personally congratulated the Kanoo Thunders team for bringing home the top trophy in the said competition.

EmQuest, the organizer of the cricket tournament acknowledged all their sponsors and customers who contributed to the general success of the match which drew over 2,000 agents and guests. It was a fun-filled family gathering.

In brief, EmQuest is a division of Emirates, a travel technology distribution company that helps maximize profits and increase efficiency of all levels of players within the travel industry (airlines, tour operators, travels agents & corporates). It develops, markets and operates innovative technologies and services which give their customers a head-start in this dynamic environment, the travel trade.

About Kanoo Travel

The Kanoo family's involvement in air travel goes back to 1937 when the company provided refueling facilities in Bahrain for Imperial Airways seaplanes on route to India and Australia. In 1947 Kanoo Travel became the first IATA agency in the Gulf.

Today, Kanoo Travel is the largest travel company in the Middle East, with a team of travel specialists, operating a network of over 140 offices in the region, and through a global network of world class travel partners.  Kanoo Travel provides the most comprehensive and specialized services in the travel industry with unmatched quality awards and achievements that guarantees the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

Customers can utilize Kanoo Travel’s direct booking facility which is accessible in all their retail travel shops, online channels and corporate customer portfolios. 

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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.

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The Leading Family Business in the Region and Beyond

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Delivering Sustainable Excellence

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