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History Timeline - YBA Kanoo


  • 1868: Haji Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo was born


  • 1890: Haji Yusuf takes over the small family business, aged 22

    1890: Kanoo Properties Division is established


  • 1908: Oil discovered in Khuzistan Province in Iran

    1909: Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) is formed


  • 1911: Kanoo Shipping was established

    1913: Haji Yusuf appointed as agent for APOC in Bahrain


  • 1926: Haji Yusuf begins to supply the Royal Air Force (RAF) with fuel


  • 1932: Oil discovered in Bahrain

    1938: Kanoo Travel was established in Bahrain


  • 1945: Haji Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo passes away

    1948: Kanoo Travel becomes the first IATA Certified Agency in the Gulf

    1949: Abdulla Ali Kanoo assigned to open Kanoo’s first office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


  • 1950: YBA Kanoo opens first offices in Saudi Arabia and secures its first contract with Saudi Arabian Oil Company (ARAMCO)

    1950: Maersk Line joins YBA Kanoo’s shipping agency portfolio

    1950: Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society appoints YBA Kanoo as its agent for Bahrain

    1951: YBA Kanoo Travel Agency in Al-Khobar appointed as IATA’s first Approved Agent in Saudi Arabia

    1951: Norwich Union Life Society appoints YBA Kanoo as its agent for the Arabian Gulf region

    1951: US Navy awards YBA Kanoo its Military Sea Transportation Service contract

    1951: YBA Kanoo acquires the agency for the American States Marine Line

    1952: YBA Kanoo establishes the Bahrain Shipping and Labour Agency

    1954: Kanoo Slipway Company formed in Muharraq, Bahrain

    1958: Kanoo Oil & Gas is formed


  • 1960: Official opening of YBA Kanoo’s Corporate Office Block in Manama

    1961: YBA Kanoo granted a trading license to operate in Dubai

    1963: YBA Kanoo opens its first office in Abu Dhabi

    1963: Kanoo Group IT is formed in Bahrain

    1964: YBA Kanoo becomes a Limited Liability Company

    1967: Hamed Kanoo leaves Saudi Arabia to develop the family business in Dubai

    1968: YBA Kanoo’s Jeddah office established

    1969: Kanoo Logistics is formed


  • 1970: Kanoo Machinery is established

    1975: YBA Kanoo begins operations in Oman

    1976: The Kanoo Joint Venture Division is formed


  • 1981: YBA Kanoo is registered as a W.L.L Company

    1987: YBA Kanoo’s Chemical Division begins operations


  • 1994: Kanoo Retail Fashion Division was formed in Bahrain

    1997: YBA Kanoo’s Chemical Division begins operations

    1997: Kanoo Travel becomes the first Travel Agency in the Gulf to achieve ISO certification


  • 2000: Kanoo Travel won the Dubai Quality Appreciation Program certificate

    2000: The first Travel Management Company to achieve ISO 9001:2000 certification

    2001: Kanoo Travel becomes the first travel company to win the Dubai Quality Appreciation Program for 2000 and Dubai Quality Award

    2001: Kanoo Machinery won the Dubai Quality Appreciation Program certificate

    2001: The first travel Management Company to win the DQAP 2000 and DQA

    2002: Kanoo Administration becomes the first winner of the prestigious Dubai Human Development Award

    2003: Kanoo Travel becomes American Express’s Master Franchise

    2003: Kanoo Machinery wins the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award

    2003: Kanoo Shipping wins the Dubai Quality Appreciation Program certificate

    2004: Kanoo Machinery wins Dubai Quality Award

    2004: The first travel Management Company to win the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award Appreciation

    2005: Kanoo Travel wins Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award Appreciation

    2006: Kanoo Travel wins Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award

    2006: Kanoo Oil & Gas Division wins the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award Appreciation Certificate

    2007: Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Agency: World Travel Awards 2007

    2007: Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo W.L.L. becomes a member of the prestigious European Foundation for Quality Management

    2008: Kanoo Machinery wins the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award – Gold category

    2008: Kanoo Power & Industrial Projects wins Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award Appreciation Certificate

    2009: Kanoo Travel (Abu Dhabi) wins Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award -- Silver category

    2009: Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in the Travel and Tourism sector

    2009: Gold Award for Kaizen Blitz Campaign Management from Dubai Quality Group

    2009: Hyster Dealer of the Year Award, Saudi Arabia


  • 2010: Mubarak Jassim Kanoo becomes the Chairman of YBA Kanoo Group

    2012: Kanoo BICS received ISO 9001 Certification from Bureau Veritas

    2012: Kanoo Travel becomes the first travel management company to win Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MRM) Business Award given by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    2013: Kanoo Engineering received Best Sub-contractor for Safety Award from Al Futtaim Carillion

    2013: Kanoo Power and Industrial Projects receives ADNOC HSE Award (Group Company & Contractor Partnership Award) for 2012

    2014: H.A.K. Industrial Chemicals LLC was certified to ISO 9001:2008


  • 2015: YBA Kanoo Shipping Oman certified to ISO 9001:2008

    2015: Kanoo Energy Project Rated A Four-Star Safety Compliance Facility

    2016: YBA Kanoo wins the “Bahrain International CSR Award 2016” for Excellence in CSR Communications

    2016: YBA Kanoo HQ moved to the Kanoo Tower in Diplomatic Area, Bahrain

    2016: YBA Kanoo awarded Elite Dealer Status by Manitowoc Cranes

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