Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Kanoo Travel celebrates International Day of Happiness with industry partners

Kanoo Travel, together with industry partners, recently hosted a Desert Safari and a Bowling event in Dubai to celebrate the International Day of Happiness which aims to underline the importance of promoting positive values and the spirit of optimism and happiness among its employees and clients.

Aubrey Heldt, General Manager, Kanoo Travel – UAE & Oman said, “With partners including Air France-KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) and Oman Air, we help ensure that everyone can achieve the common goal of sustainable happiness. Through our planned activities, we underscore human connection, positive outlook, purpose, and gratitude which are important factors towards Happiness."

Kanoo Travel in collaboration with Air France-KLM recently organised the Inter-Department Bowling Tournament to promote happiness amongst employees as well as customers by means of sports through teamwork and camaraderie.

The inaugural sports day welcomed 29 teams from Kanoo Travel and guests from Kanoo divisions, Air France-KLM, and their customers, which was held at the International Bowling Centre in Al Mamzar.

The playoff winners for individual categories were Rajesh Kutty (CRM Team) for Highest Score-Male and Christine Ondangan (Achill Management) for Highest Score-Female; Ryan Tugade (Achill Management) for Highest Strikes-Male and Emma Sison (BCG) Highest Strikes-Female.

The overall winners, by organisation, were awarded to Amex Centurion (Winner), Achilll Management (1st Runner Up), and Kanoo Shipping (Marine) (2nd Runner Up).

The Bowling Tournament concluded on a very happy note, with award medals and trophies as well as giveaway tokens presented to the winners and participants respectively.

Similarly, Kanoo Travel together with Oman Air also led a corporate Desert Safari event to celebrate the Happiness Day held at Al Masayaf Camp, which was attended by around 200 representatives from both companies.

The event was a chance for senior executives and employees alike to socialise and explore the exotic nature and beauty of the desert on a sunset while enjoying a wide choice of adventure activities such as dune bashing, camel riding, sandboarding, henna painting and quad biking.
Apart from the thrilling rides, participants were fascinated with various entertainment such as dance performances – the tanoura, fire and belly dancing show, under the stars, while indulging in a BBQ dinner buffet. Others completed the adventure by having a precious memory of the tour through photographs taken wearing traditional Arabic clothing.

Towards the end of the event, two economy-class tickets were awarded to raffle draw winners Asmi Virgo (Landmark Group) and Dyn Cimon (Atlas Copco) – courtesy of Oman Air. All attendees likewise received giveaway tokens from the organisers.

The growing happiness and wellbeing movement in the country is being led by the UAE, with its commitment to becoming the happiest country in the world. With respect to this initiative, the recent UN report has ranked the UAE as the happiest country in the Arab region for the fifth year running.
See also: Kanoo Travel wins Runner-Up Trophy at Royal Brunei Airlines’ bowling tournament in Dubai

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The Kanoo Group congratulates UAE and Equestrian Team headed by Mohamed Mubarak from Kanoo Machinery on their Special Olympics medal winning

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Kanoo Group extended its heartfelt congratulations to the UAE for overall ranking fifth in the world, and first in the Arab world, in the recent 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 14–21, 2019.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces inaugurated the said event.

Members of The Kanoo Group also commended Mohamed Mubarak from Kanoo Machinery, who played an important role as a Trainer to a team of nine athletes that overall won first place in the Individual Equestrian Games category, with 18 medals (6 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 7 bronze).

The Special Olympics World Summer Games is a multi-sport event for people with determination in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement. The World Games was hosted for the first time in the Middle East & North Africa Region since its founding 50 years ago. Over 7,000 athletes from around the world (190 countries) headed in Abu Dhabi to proudly represent their nations and compete in a series of different sports.

The grand opening ceremony was graced by King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Macky Sall of Senegal, and Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta; their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates: Shaikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi of Fujairah, Shaikh Saud Bin Rashid Al Mu’alla of Umm Al Qaiwain, and Shaikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah.
Mohamed Mubarak said, “I am proud to represent The Kanoo Group and to be a part of the Special Olympics team with such an incredible achievement. With this great success, we wish your continued support in our participation in the upcoming Olympics in Sweden, in 2021. Thank you.”

He also said, “This global movement focuses on the empowerment of People of Determination through the power of sport. Let us all continue to inspire people with special needs to overcome the obstacles, to develop and to show their full potentials.”
The UAE ranked fifth in the world with 128 medals (64 gold medals, 55 silver medals and 63 bronze), behind United States (Fourth place), India (Third place), Russia (Second place) and Canada (First place).
See also: Kanoo employee supports UAE team for 2015 Special Olympics World Games

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