About Mishal

About Mishal


Mishal Kanoo serves as the Chairman of The Kanoo Group, one of the largest, independent and longest running family owned groups of companies in the Gulf region. He is also one of the most iconic business figures in the Middle East, featured on various magazines and listed in ‘Top 100 Powerful Arabs 2013’, ‘The 15 Wealthiest Arab Businessmen in the World 2012’, among others.

Born in Bahrain and educated until high school locally, Mishal Kanoo continued his college studies in United States. He took Comparative Theology and Philosophy and double major in Economics as his first degree and later earned his MBA in Finance from University of St. Thomas in Houston. After awhile, he pursued higher learning and obtained his second MBA from American University of Sharjah where he occasionally teaches courses. 

Subsequently, he worked at Arthur Andersen in Dubai as an Auditor before taking up his current position in 1997.

Mishal Kanoo is a frequent speaker at conferences and has a reputation of a futurist and strategist with a strong track record in forecasting economic developments in the Middle East. Some of his speaking engagements include Forbes’s Middle East Forum in Qatar, World Summit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Dubai, The International Herald Tribune’s CEO Round-table in Malaysia, and other related business and social affairs in Europe, US, and so on.

He was a columnist of Money Works Magazine, Arabian Business, Gulf Business, 7 days and regularly writes articles for local and regional media. His wide-ranging knowledge of regional business affairs and global capital markets give him unique and often controversial insight into business life in the Gulf region.

As a Professor at the American University of Sharjah School of Business Administration, he is consequently a powerful advocate of education and believes that it allows people to take responsibility and control of their lives, spelling out ethical and religious values, blending them with modernisation and progress.

Being a part of the family business that now runs for 124 years, The Kanoo Group has unremittingly grown its realm into various divisions – Kanoo Shipping, Kanoo Travel, Kanoo Holidays, Kanoo Machinery, Kanoo Oil & Gas, Kanoo Power & Industrial Projects (Kanoo P&IP), Kanoo Freight, Kanoo Rapid Transit (KRT), H.A.K Industrial Chemicals, Kanoo Exhibition Organizers LLC, Kanoo Industrial Products, Kanoo Engineering LLC, Kanoo Equipment Rental (KanRent, formerly GLRC), Stor-Mat Systems, BRC Arabia, Kanoo Business Centre and Gemini Software Solutions; other joint ventures and supporting divisions.

Mishal Kanoo adheres to family values and ideals in pursuit for quality and excellence which therefore greatly influenced his corporate policies and goals for The Kanoo Group as a reputable company. It is a generation of success, growth and stability. Over the years, Kanoo family has always been associated with the progress and development of the entire region combined with a sense of philanthropy. 

Today, The Kanoo Group as a prominent house name has developed local as well as world-class standards as evident in its brand value and consistent remarkable achievements through Shaikh Khalifa Excellence Award, ISO certifications, and as a UAE brand asset earning its Superbrands® status, to name a few.



  • Professional and Motivational Speaker
  • Visiting Lecturer at The American Univsersity of the Sharjah, School of Business & Management
  • Chairman/Director of: -
    • The Kanoo Group
    • Dubai Express LLC/ Freigtworks 
    • Johnson Arabia LLC
    • Wolffkran Arabia LLC
    • BRC Arabia LLC
    • Hydroturf LLC
    • Akzonobel UAE Paints LLC
    • BASF Kanoo Polyurethanes LLC
    • Gulf Capital Pvt. JSC
    • AXA Insurance (Gulf) (C) BSC
    • The Kanoo Group - Commercial LLC (Oman)
    • Green Crescent Insurance Company PJSC
    • Dalma Capital Management Limited