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1 About us


• Our Group • Our network • Our journey • Our people • Awards and recognition

2 Corporate travel • Our scope of services • E-travel management • Corporate service centres • Kanoo Travel and American Express Travel Services • Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions

3 International representation • Our partners • Airlines’ GSA across the GCC

4 Leisure travel 5 Going online

Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group Established in 1890 in Bahrain by Haji Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, the Kanoo Group today is one of the largest independent family owned groups of companies in the Gulf region. From its initial early trading roots as a shipping business, the Kanoo Group has grown to become one of the most diversified and highly regarded organisations in the Gulf region, and beyond. The Group operates extensively in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Egypt, France and the United Kingdom since its further expansion plans began in the early 1960s. The Kanoo Group is highly respected for its ability to combine traditional values with a truly global vision, and has always been linked to both the progress and development of the entire region. The Kanoo Group is a diversified business conglomerate with activities encompassing some of the world’s most dynamic industries including Shipping, Travel, Holidays, Foreign Exchange, Machinery, Oil and Gas, Power and Industrial Projects, Exhibition

Services, Courier Services, Logistics, Specialist Chemicals, Business Centres, and a wide range of other retail and commercial activities‌ In addition, the Kanoo Group has a remarkable history in forming successful joint ventures with world class companies, operating both in the service and industrial sectors of business, such as AXA Insurance, Mearsk, BASF, Johnson Arabia, Akzo Noble, American Express Travel Services, Freight Works and many others. The Kanoo Legend is a multi-generational history of energy, productivity, success and,above all, the shared satisfaction of making a difference in the world through philanthropy, serving the community as a whole. The Kanoo Group remains rightly proud of its past, whilst looking forward with confidence to the future. It also remains fully committed to maintaining and enhancing the many fantastic services and products offered by the Group.


About us

Mubarak Kanoo

Chairman of the Travel Executive Board, shares his thoughts about Kanoo Travel… How far back does the history of Kanoo Travel stretch? It stretches back for over 65 years – we are proud to be one of the pioneers of the travel industry in the Gulf region. Today, Kanoo is one of the largest, longest-running travel companies in the region with strong international alliances and an ever-expanding network of our own offices in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. What makes Kanoo Travel so special? Kanoo Travel has grown up around the objective of achieving ‘Total Customer Satisfaction’. From our small beginnings to now, when we are the biggest Corporate Travel Management Company in the region, we have always kept this aim close to our hearts. Our local knowledge, as well as our understanding of global markets, gives us a competitive edge and enables us to deliver the highest standards of service to our customers. How does Kanoo Travel’s long history in the region help it to best serve its customers? We have built up long-standing relationships with the best


suppliers both regionally and internationally. This means that we are able to bring our customers, associates and business partners the very best in both value and service. How is Kanoo Travel making sure that its operations and services remain at the cutting edge? We continue to invest in recruiting the best people, the latest technology and remain committed to being pioneers not only in Corporate Travel Management, but Leisure Travel too. By setting new standards for the region, constantly training our staff and keeping our teams motivated, our customers get the very best service. Which Kanoo Travel achievement are you most proud of? I am proud of all of them as not only do they all show how highly we value our clients and customers, but also how important best service is to our organisation. Winning the Dubai Quality Award, the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award and the World Travel Award for Business Travel are highlights and good examples of our commitment to quality.

Our network Bahrain United Arab Emirates

Muharraq,Manama, Mahooz, Awali

Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Karama Jebel Ali, Al Ain

Saudi Arabia

Dammam, Al Khobar, Hofuf, Rastanura, Jubail, Riyadh, Jeddah, Mekkah, Medinah, Yanbu, Khamis, Tabuk, Qatif

United Kingdom


Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leicester, London, Manchester

Doha, Ras Laffan


Paris, Bordeaux


Oman Muscat

Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan 05

Our journey


Kanoo Travel has a long and proud history. Here is how we have become the biggest and best Corporate Travel Management Company in the region‌






The Company begins.

Set-up the first Kanoo Travel office in the region.

Refuelling facilities in Bahrain for Imperial Airways seaplanes are provided.

Kanoo Travel becomes the first agency to be awarded IATA status.

Kanoo Travel is awarded ISO 9001:2000 accreditation.

Innovation, commitment and growth 2001





Kanoo Travel is the first and only Travel Management Company to win the prestigious Dubai Quality Award.

Kanoo Travel is appointed the American Express Travel franchise for the MENA region.

Kanoo Travel commences trading in Egypt in partnership with American Express Travel, Egypt.

Kanoo Travel wins the coveted Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA) and the Quality certificate for tourism.

Kanoo Travel is awarded ‘Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Agency’ at the World Travel Awards.

Kanoo Travel launches its first official website.

Kanoo Travel and Foreign Exchange Services launches in the UK and France.

Kanoo Travel launches a 24-hour call centre,the first in the region.

Kanoo Travel continues to set new standards and serve its thousands of customers.

Kanoo Travel launches in Oman. 07

Our people We employ over 1,000 professional, multilingual staff globally. These company ambassadors come from across the world to work with Kanoo Travel, bringing with them their great experience, expertise and enthusiasm.


Awards & recognition the region, working with our customers to exceed their expectations and playing a proactive role in adding value to their travel spend. It’s a team which has helped us win a host of awards, including: ion in 1947 QA 2001 (Dubai Quality Award) on 2004 (Sheik Khalifa Excellence Award) • Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Agency: World Travel Awards 2007 • Awarded ‘Best Tour Operator’ for Middle East and South East Asia region by India Tourism Board - 2008 • Awarded ‘Best Tour Operator’ for Middle East region by the Sri Lanka Tourism Board - 2008 • Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award – Silver – Travel & Tourism Sector – 2009 • Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Gold Award in the Service Category 2012


Our business travel vision Nabeel Kanoo Director, Kanoo Travel Our vision is to further develop and maintain Kanoo Travel as the leading Travel Management Company in the region, and continue to grow globally with our international partnerships and affiliations. In this way, we will continue to offer even greater value to both our customers and suppliers by means of innovation, a wider network, service excellence and best in class technology. Our focus and belief to stay ahead in Travel Technology Solutions is paramount. We continuously review and adapt new technology introducing advanced solutions which bring efficiency and value to all users. Our solutions offer our customers the ability to measure, control and streamline their travel policy to achieve greater efficiencies of their travel program. We are a customer service oriented company. Our people are key in the service delivery process. Our attention in terms of technology related training, skills development and client relationship management plays an invaluable role in developing skilled and motivated associates who offer a professional and honest service to you, our valued customer.


Corporate travel services So what can we do for you and your business? From the moment contact is established, you will be given the highest levels of advice and service. Once we’ve ascertained your precise travel needs, we’ll propose deals and systems to make sure you get the very most out of your travel budgets. Throughout the whole process, you’ll have personal contact with one of our dedicated Account Managers. Here are just some of our specialist areas of expertise and examples of the many ways in which we can both meet and exceed your expectations…

Ask our customers I used the Kanoo Travel out-of-hours telephone line for the first time to help our senior executives return from their US trip, as they could not use their existing tickets via London. The travel consultant at Kanoo Travel’s Contact Centre in Bahrain helped me get some great options and was very helpful. He is a credit to your team. Amanda Wright Executive Assistant Microsoft Arabia


Industry profile We are the key player in Corporate Travel Management in the region and are particularly successful in meeting the needs of the oil and gas, marine travel, finance and IT industries. Business travel We have by far the largest portfolio of corporate customers in the region, servicing small, medium and large regional, multinational and global conglomerates. Single point of contact We are your single point of contact through which you can access countless different resources. Emergency travel services We are on hand around the clock. Stuck in Beijing and need a flight? Want to check on your delegation to London? Our call centres are ready to help you at any time.


Kanoo Marine Travel Services With over 65 years of extensive shipping, port agency and marine travel experience, Kanoo Marine Travel fully understands the ever-changing needs of today’s busy seamen and the demands of the industries in which they work. Via our worldwide associate partners, Kanoo Marine Travel is able to meet the global needs of its worldwide shipping clients. We offer a complete range of services in marine travel management. Our experienced, professional staff provide customised solutions for our customers, whilst offering the highest levels of service, value for money and peace of mind.

Our ongoing research and analysis of marine travel means that we can offer innovative and carefully adapted solutions for our many prominent, global shipping customers and their staff. Our services include: • Competitive global marine fares • Networking • Dedicated marine travel specialists • Exclusive Marine Travel Centre • 24-hour marine travel assistance • Over 65 years’ experience and expertise in shipping and marine travel

New technology at your service… • We offer our corporate customers an extensive range of dedicated web-based solutions, designed to meet their individual needs. • Sophisticated but easy-to-use systems, allowing you to monitor every aspect of your travel needs, even down to monthly reports on your company’s travel carbon footprint. • Our special Management Information System, which generates reports, helps you track your company’s travel patterns, carry out budget projections and identify opportunities for additional savings.

E-Travel Management Corporate Service Centres • Our dedicated Corporate Service Centres use the latest in travel technology and call centre telecommunication solutions enabling us to deliver the highest quality of services to our customers at all times. • Our corporate travel consultants are trained, experienced, professional and ready to help you with all your business and individual travel requirements. • Our scope of services are designed to meet the needs of the modern day international business traveller. • All our corporate service centres are equipped with the latest communication features including call back services, automated call routing, call recording for training and quality performance tracking and skill based grouping capability. • Our main Corporate Service Centres are located in Manama, Jeddah, Al Khobar, Riyadh, Doha, Cairo, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 13

Key account management We will help you not only to build and review your travel schedule, but also develop annual business plans. We go that ‘extra mile’ to take care of you and your business with regular meetings to make sure that we’re always on top of your latest requirements.


Our services Self booking tools

Corporate billing solutions

VIP travel services

Service level agreements

Limo services

Visa services

Save time and money by opting for our corporate self booking tool that lets individuals browse through flight and hotel options, book and manage their own travel plans online.

We recognise that some executives have special travel needs requiring an even greater level of attention or luxury. There may also be times when leisure travel becomes part of your business trip.

Arranging your transportation needs has never been easier. At Kanoo Limo Services, we offer you a brand new fleet of vehicles and professional drivers at your convenience.*

Our customers can set up a Corporate Travel Account card which can be used for maximising efficiency on all your Travel and Entertainment (T & E) spending during business trips.

When we start working together, we’ll draw up a Service Level Agreement to help you measure the benefits which we bring to your business.

Kanoo Travel has wide experience in helping secure visas, ensuring your people have the necessary documentation in order to travel.*

Foreign exchange services * Meet and assist

Our Meet and Assist programmes make arriving to do business in any country the most straightforward thing in the world.*

*Terms and conditions apply: only available in certain markets. 15

Kanoo Travel and American Express ® Travel Services The Power of Partnership American Express operates one of the world’s largest travel agency networks with locations in over 140 countries worldwide. With Business Travel clients globally, we are dedicated to helping our customers realise the greatest value from their investment in travel through increased cost savings, outstanding customer service and greater spend control.

Our goal is to leverage the Power of Partnership with each of our Partners and drive success for our mutual businesses. We deepen our relationship by helping our Partners differentiate their businesses from their competitors and attract new customers and optimise their growth opportunities. We strive to deliver on our promise through four key elements:

The Kanoo Travel Partner Network combines the global strength of American Express Business Travel with the local knowledge of each Partner to deliver premium value and provide a globally consistent, high quality of service and advice to our clients.

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Through their relationship with American Express, our Partners can leverage our unique brand of service and expertise to enhance their profitability and presence. We bring a host of benefits to the partnership, including association with an established brand, industry expertise, and global experience and scale.


Experience and scale Recognisable and trustworthy brand Driving business and revenue Enhanced travel servicing expertise

Our exclusive partnership

with American Express Travel Services is multi-dimensional. Whether as a Travel Management Company operating or Multinational Corporate Customer present in the region, both can benefit from our strength and expertise throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The collective

Kanoo Travel locations

Kanoo / Amex Network Partner offices

Saudi Arabia Bahrain United Arab Emirates Qatar Egypt Oman United Kingdom France

Lebanon Iraq Yemen Jordan Morocco Algeria Tunisia Kuwait Azerbaijan Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Turkmenistan Afghanistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan

strengths of Kanoo Travel and American Express are unmatched in this region and wider afield. We are pleased to announce that we will continue to invest in our service delivery and steady international growth, offering not only the best travel management solutions to the travel industry, but also to our customers as a whole.


A winning team


Enjoy the benefits of our renowned partnership with American Express Travel Services.

Kanoo Travel’s partnership with American Express Travel Services has expanded its reach and its offering across the globe. The network of American Express Travel Services and Kanoo’s Corporate Travel Management offices make an unbeatable combination to facilitate all your travel needs.

Experience Premium Service • Strategic account management to ensure the highest level of customer service and satisfaction. • Premium online booking solutions designed to save travellers time and effort. • End to end travel and expense management solutions providing significant Travel and Entertainment savings and control over travel programme spend. • Flexible servicing solutions provided by a professional and experienced group of travel consultants to support your travellers.

Achieve Optimal Control Kanoo Travel and American Express Travel Services can provide you with greater control over your company’s travel programme. With our detailed reporting, the ability to monitor travellers’ activities from start to finish and enhanced policy compliance, you’ll have full control of your travel programme. Gain better control of your travel programme and discover new ways to save through: • Management information reports that help you control spending and better manage supplier contract negotiation. • Travel policy compliance tools that assure you maximum savings. • Global security solutions to help keep you and your travellers informed and safe while on the road.

Realise Greater Savings Kanoo Travel has the technological capabilities and sourcing expertise to drive savings across your travel-related expenses. Through competitive transaction fees, reducing air, car and hotel costs and driving change management, we can uncover the hidden savings in your travel program. Techniques we apply to drive substantial savings: • Negotiated air, car and hotel rates. • Increased savings across a spectrum of business travel services. • Pre and post-travel tools designed to find savings and expedite billing. • Consultative insight and patented processes designed to drive true returns on your company’s travel investment.

Leverage Our Expertise Kanoo Travel’s advisory services is well equipped and perfectly poised to help you fully optimise your company’s travel program. Kanoo Travel’s advisory services bring the talent, tools and management consulting acumen needed to holistically manage your T&E spend and maximise the return on your investment. Through our comprehensive approach to travel management, we focus on travel strategy, strategic sourcing and program optimisation to help you get the most out of your transient travel and meeting spend. We have experience and specialised expertise with the entire end-to-end travel management process, including Policy, CSR, Change management and compliance, Business intelligence, Air, Hotel, Ground transportation, Meetings and expense reporting.


Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions Kanoo MICE is a division of Kanoo Travel LLC which is a fully owned subsidiary of YBA Kanoo Group. With immeasurable experience in the travel and leisure industry, our expertise has lead us to develop a dedicated MICE division, under the flag of Kanoo Travel. We offer the unique blend of service, experience, innovation and reliability which is key to managing your event successfully. Whether a full-scale international or a local event, our team will organise it with the same meticulous attention to detail and regard for cost-effectiveness.

Our Network

Kanoo has a very large network both regionally and globally. Whether via our branch offices or joint partners located across the world, Kanoo MICE division provides a wide range of services with related events organisation all over the world.

Our Expertise

With many decades of experience in the travel industry both regionally and worldwide, our extensive network of branches and suppliers both enable us to offer fantastic MICE solutions for all customers, within their budget.

Our Professionalism

The Kanoo Group is synonymous with high levels of service and we make sure that we are highly professional in all that we do. 20

Conference, Meetings and Special Events

We organise meetings, conferences and special events designed for greatest impact, by adopting relevant international and cultural themes.

Incentive Tours

We create unique incentive tours to reward your corporate personalities with unforgettable experiences. Our team will design custom-made programmes to suit your budget and objectives. Whatever it may be, you can count on us to deliver.

Our helping hand Let Kanoo MICE take the stress out of planning your important activities... Streamline your company’s meetings and events Spend on corporate meetings and events continues to grow across the globe; better managed meeting programs can result in more efficient meetings, increased savings and reduced corporate risk. Our mission is to support companies in executing high-quality meetings that enable them to accomplish their business goals, while simultaneously controlling spend and driving down cost – regardless of the size or location of the meeting.

Looking beyond traditional T&E Kanoo Travel has always been able to deliver masterfully planned and executed meetings and events of all sizes while maximising savings, control and satisfaction across 100% of our clients’ spend. Our experts are ready to assist you in developing a sustainable end-to-end meetings management program, translating into measurable savingswithout compromising on the quality or effectiveness of the individual events.

Meetings Management Consulting Our experienced consultants work with you toidentify primary business needs, meetings programme goals and any existing gaps, then design a customised, strategic meetings management programme that consolidates meetings of all size, type and complexity. A change management strategy is delivered, and the programme is continually evaluated for new opportunities, keeping in mind evolving business goals, industry climate, learnings and best practices.

Full-range Procurement Services Benefit from peace of mind and documented savings when you turn your event procurement over to us. We handle it all – criteria-based site research, vendor negotiations and contract management, eventand program-level reporting and supplier analytics.

Expert Meeting and Event Planning We offer the full range of resources and experience needed to manage all aspects of your meetings – full-service planning, event production and our suite of interactive meeting solutions. From intimate board meetings to large corporate events and incentive programs, we will manage the logistics and the creative resources to ensure a lasting impression on attendees.


Our partners We act as General Sales Agents (GSA) for many high-profile travel companies across key markets and territories, including American Express Vacations, Srilankan Holidays and many others. We also act as GSA across the GCC for a growing number of world-renowned airlines: Air Canada Air India Air India Express Air Malta Air Seychelles Austrian Airlines British Airways Cyprus Airways Czech Airlines


Egypt Air Iran Air Kenya Airways Korean Air Lot Polish Airlines Lufthansa MEA Olympic Airways Qantas

SAS Saudia Singapore Airlines SriLankan Airlines Tap Air Portugal Thai Airways Tunis Air United Airlines Philipine Airlines

In need of a break ? Kanoo Travel offers great holiday packages and is committed to bringing exclusive, memorable vacation experiences to our customers. No matter where you want to travel, no matter what you want to do, we can create a perfect vacation for you. We offer you a selection of dream holiday destinations including a range of cruises, luxurious hotels, and resorts in some of the world’s most exotic locations. With Kanoo Travel one is treated to an exclusive range of destinations and properties with exclusive benefits, extra amenities and valuable packages especially designed for the discerning traveller. In order to assure that our customers get only the best deals available and the widest range of leisure travel options to choose from, we source our resorts and hotel room requests from over 100,000 properties across the world in partnership with some leading hotel partners such as Intercontinental Hotels Group, Accor Group of Hotels, Marriot Hotels and the Hilton Hotels Group. One may be surprised to see that luxury can come at an affordable rate!



Leisure travel services Our great value for money products include the finest cruises, the best shopping and the most blissful spa breaks. We also cater for kids with our tailor-made trips to some of the world’s coolest theme parks.

Cruises From Mediterranean island-hopping to round-the-world trips.

Pilgrimages Helping you on life’s most important journeys.

Adventure tours Once-in-a-lifetime holidays with plenty of thrills.

Short breaks Perfect weekends away.

Honeymoons Romantic, unforgettable holidays tailored to your needs.

Desert safaris Getting out in the dunes and back to nature.

Educational trips Learning new skills while exploring new countries.

Theme parks Plan a dream trip that your kids will adore.

Shopping trips Serious retail therapy in dozens of cities across the globe.

Luxury holidays Experience first-class treatment all the way.

Spa and wellness Breaks that pamper, revitalise and heal. Car rentals Getting you mobile anywhere in the world.

We also offer Foreign Exchange services and VAT refund services* * in limited countries/regions only


Going online Serving many different consumer segments, from families booking a summer vacation to individuals arranging a quick weekend getaway, we provide travellers with the ability to research, plan and book their comprehensive travel needs. Our website features an online airline tickets booking tool, hotel reservations, car rental and many other in-destination services from a broad selection of international partners. The Kanoo Travel multilingual site can be accesses on the web at From picking the right hotel or cruise to finding a great tour in an unfamiliar city, our website helps you find more rewarding travel experiences and feel confident about your travel planning. The online flight booking tool searches the lowest fares from hundreds of airlines, and gives you access to the best possible options with a clear breakdown of taxes and other fees. You also have the option of completing your travel booking online or using one of our offices to help issue the flight tickets based on your online booking. You may also print out a custom mini-guide of the most popular cities before you travel using our ‘Travel Guides’ section, or just browse our deals pages for popular destinations, including weekend trips, great deals, and hotel offers. We provide you a team of expert customer support representatives available by phone to assist you with questions related to online services, changes to your travel plans, or any emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Can we be of service to you? Bahrain 3rd Floor, YBA Kanoo Building Phase 2, Abu Obeidah Avenue PO Box 45, Manama, Bahrain Tel: +973 17220220

Western Province, Saudi Arabia 2nd Floor, YBA Kanoo Building Kilo 7, Medina Road Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Tel: +966 (0)2 2636171 ext. 117

Egypt American Express Travel Services Egypt 6A Al Sebaq St. Merryland area, Heliopolis Cairo, Egypt Tel: +202 2638 2 000

Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia Airline Centre King Abdul Aziz Street PO Box 1878 Al Khobar – 31952 Saudi Arabia Tel: +966 (0)3 8822726

Qatar Ground Floor, Kanoo Centre C Ring Road, Al Mansoora Area PO Box 31677, Doha, Qatar Tel: +974 444 10 777

Central Province, Saudi Arabia Kanoo Tower PO BOX 753 Riyadh Saudi Arabia Tel: +966 (0)1 4772228

Oman Rex Road Bait Muscat Building PO BOX 75 PC 114 JIBROO Muscat, Oman Tel: +968 24700249

United Arab Emirates PO Box 290 Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 312 0889

United Kingdom Kanoo Travel Ltd. 30-31 Haymarket London SW1Y 4EX United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7484 9674 France Bureau de Change Kanoo 11 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France Tel: +33 (0)1 53 30 99 00

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Head Office: Kanoo Travel – Divisional Management Office, P O Box 37, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Building, Dammam 31411, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Tel: +966 3 835 6000 Fax: +966 3 835 5743 Email:

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