Less than 1% of family-owned businesses ever survive beyond the fifth generation. Yet The Kanoo Group, a sixth generation family-owned business, has not only survived but has achieved tremendous success despite two World Wars and several economic depressions.
The Kanoo Group insists on implementing world-class business excellence models to achieve the highest standard of quality in all its businesses. Kanoo Shipping, Kanoo Commercial Group. Kanoo Rapid Transit and Kanoo Travel are all ISO 9001:2000 certified. Kanoo Travel was the first company in the Middle East to achieve this international certification.
The Kanoo Group strives towards meeting global standards and ensures it excels at the exacting quality and business excellence standards set by the UAE government.
The Kanoo Group is the only corporate group to have won Quality Awards in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for consecutive eight years from 2000 to 2009.
- 2000 Kanoo Travel won Dubai Quality Appreciation Programme certificate
- 2001 Kanoo Travel became the first ever travel company to win the coveted Dubai Quality Award while
- 2001 Kanoo Machinery took its turn as the Dubai Quality Appreciation Programme certificate holder. It was also the year that saw an unprecedented event in the history of the Dubai Quality Awards - the first time ever H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, honored
- 2002 Kanoo Administration became the first winner of the prestigious Dubai Human Development Award
- 2003 Kanoo Machinery won Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award
- 2003 Kanoo Shipping won Dubai Quality Appreciation Programme certificate
- 2004 Kanoo Machinery won Dubai Quality Award
- 2005 Kanoo Travel won Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award Appreciation
- 2006 Kanoo Travel won Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award while Kanoo Oil & Gas Division was honored with the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award Appreciation
- 2007 (May) The Kanoo Group became a member of the prestigious European Foundation for Quality Management
- 2008 (January) Kanoo Machinery and Kanoo Power & Industrial Projects were honored by Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry with Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award - Gold and SEKA Appreciation Certificate respectively
- 2009 Kanoo Travel (Abu Dhabi) won Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award – Silver Category
The Kanoo Emiratisation Programme, Shababona ('our youth in Arabic), is a prime example of The Kanoo Group's enterprising spirit. It helps train and recruit young UAE nationals in various business vocations and sets the benchmark for both the private and government sectors in the UAE.