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130th Anniversary
Celebrating our 130th Anniversary
YBA Kanoo 130th Anniversary


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Divisions of YBA Kanoo


The Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group of Companies

Building on a heritage that dates back more than a century, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo (YBA Kanoo) is one of the largest family-owned multinationals in the Middle East with an extensive portfolio of complementary businesses and strategic partnerships. With a physical presence across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Asia, and a 4,000-strong workforce, YBA Kanoo covers a broad range of sectors. Its divisions include Shipping, Logistics, Travel, Industrial & Energy (machinery, oil & gas, power & industrial projects), Kanoo Capital and Real Estate.

Leveraging on more than 120 years of experience, ethical conduct, best-in-class partnerships, advanced business systems and cutting-edge technologies, YBA Kanoo is one of the most trusted and valuable trade names in the region, a key contributor to its economic growth and development, and an ideal partner for companies looking to pursue commercial growth and expansion in the Middle East.

Business Groups


Handling its first vessel in 1911, Kanoo Shipping has grown into one of the largest regional shipping agencies in the Middle East, now assisting with over 17,000 ship calls a year through a professional network that covers all ports from the Suez Canal to Sri Lanka and East/South Africa.

Kanoo Shipping operates in 20 countries, covering all principal ports and offshore tanker loading terminals around the Arabian Peninsula, including Iraq. In addition to its fully-owned offices and joint ventures in the Arabian Peninsula, the Company’s regional network operates through well-established partnerships in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa.

  • Port Agency
  • Liner Representation
  • Cargo Booking
  • Kanoo Crew Care
  • Kanoo Marine
  • Offshore Logistics


Kanoo Logistics has forged a strong reputation as a reliable and trusted logistics company capable of efficiently moving freight around the globe. With a presence throughout the GCC, and facilities in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE (Dubai, Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi), Oman, and Qatar, its decades-long experience, combined with YBA Kanoo’s loyal network of partners, gives it a unique position as a provider of multi-modal international logistics. Its backbone of experienced and trained staff is equipped to handle the full complexities of the supply chain business, within the region and beyond.

  • Air
  • Sea
  • Land
  • Warehousing
  • Project Logistics
  • Motorsports, Events & Exhibitions


Kanoo Travel was launched in the late 1930s, mirroring the rise of Bahrain’s aviation industry.

The first IATA member agency in the GCC, it has since grown to become the largest travel company in the Middle East, offering the most comprehensive and sophisticated solutions in the industry.

Today it boasts a team of over 900 travel specialists across the region, operating a network of 70 IATA locations. It has established world-class partnerships in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Lebanon, the United Kingdom and France. YBA Kanoo’s Travel division specialises in corporate travel, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE), leisure & holiday travel, airline representation and marine travel. It has been consistently recognised for its premium solutions and service excellence, winning many regional industry awards.

Kanoo Travel represents American Express (the largest Travel Management Company in the world) in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, with which it has a master franchise agreement covering the Levant, North Africa, the GCC, Iraq, and the CIS countries.

In 1997 it became the first travel company to receive an ISO certification in the Middle East region.

  • Corporate Travel Services
  • Leisure Travel Services
  • Airline GSA Services
  • Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE)
  • Marine Travel Services



Kanoo Machinery is a leading provider of machinery and equipment, representing leading global brands such as Grove, Manitowoc, Hyster, Perkins, Bobcat, Lincoln Electric and Tennant. Established in the early 1960s, it now has more than 15 branches across Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. Its comprehensive range of products and solutions include construction equipment; mobile cranes; material handling equipment; maintenance & agricultural equipment; welding & industrial equipment and diesel & gas engines.

Kanoo Machinery’s products are renowned for their excellent quality, reliability and uptime, catering to a diverse range of industrial sectors, including construction, oil & gas, government & military, petrochemicals, manufacturing and agriculture.

  • After-Sales Support
  • Equipment Rental

Power & Industrial Projects (P&IP)

P&IP provides sustainable solutions to utility companies and the GCC industrial sector as a whole through smart engineering and value-added services. Its major business segments are Power, Energy and Industrial Products.

  • Kanoo Power
  • Roteq Services
  • Electrical & Diagnostics
  • Motor Generators
  • Sub-stations
  • Cables

Oil & Gas

Kanoo Oil & Gas provides products and services to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. A team of experienced engineers offers unique value-added solutions to technical problems through a well-developed network of international companies and associates. With local support and a skilled and experienced body of staff, it provides engineered solutions to refineries, and petrochemical and gas plants through ultimate adherence to local legislation, as well as compliance with global standards and practices. Over the years, the unit’s dedicated services and expertise have yielded a large GCC client base that includes Saudi Aramco, SABIC, Ma’aden, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd. (GASCO), BAPCO, and PDO Oman.

Kanoo Oil & Gas has four main arms: Products, Services, Projects, and Manufacturing. Its areas of expertise include drilling (supplies & services); flow control (valve assembly & repair), process solutions & instrumentation and chemicals

  • Flow Control (Valve Assembly & Repair
  • LSTK Projects
  • Process Solutions
  • Instrumentations
  • Chemicals

Real Estate

Our real estate projects cover a range of diversified properties, including office spaces, retail centres, logistics facilities and residential accommodations in high-profile locations.

YBA Kanoo’s Real Estate division is one of the main pillars of the group today, with project development, project management, asset management, and facilities management becoming core lines of business, and a portfolio that includes residential, commercial, and industrial real estate across Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

A highly skilled and experienced team of asset managers, project developers, engineers and craftsmen work hand-in-hand to support the group’s real estate model and strengthen YBA Kanoo’s position as a leader in the market.

  • Project Management
  • Project Development
  • Asset Management
  • Facility Management

Kanoo Capital

Kanoo Capital manages the group’s investments, providing high inflation-adjusted returns to support both the current and long-term needs of the group. Its investment approach is a hybrid model of direct securities trading and long-term investment, which seeks appropriate risk-adjusted asset allocation. Kanoo Capital has cultivated robust partnerships with a broad base of asset managers and entrepreneurs, giving it access to both market insight and opportunities that can be leveraged to improve the operations of new and mature businesses under the YBA Kanoo umbrella.

At Kanoo Capital, risk management is a critical and continuously evolving component of the investment process. Its high-quality specialised investment managers, backed by qualified teams, enable it to maintain a leading edge, while providing diversification and control over an expanding investment portfolio.

  • Private Capital
  • Joint Ventures

Social Responsibility

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