By Staff writer
Kanoo played a major role in the founding of Bahrain-based Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo Group
Bahraini businessman Abdulaziz Jassim Kanoo of the Yusuf Bin Ahmed (YBA) Kanoo Group died on Wednesday from unknown reasons, his nephew Nabeel Kanoo confirmed.
The chairman of the YBA Kanoo Group in Saudi Arabia and shareholder of the YBA Kanoo Group was among the initial founders of the group and played a major role in its establishment.
He was surrounded by family and dear ones when he passed away, his family told Gulf Daily News.
Kanoo was granted the Bahrain Medal of the First Order by King Hamad in 2007.
Countrywide tributes came in from the likes of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) first vice-chairman Khalid Al Zayani, who said he was “heartbroken” at losing “a friend and family member”.
BCCI chairman Khalid Almoayed also described Kanoo’s death as a ‘great loss to Bahrain.’
“The death of Mr Kanoo is a great loss to the nation. He was among the pioneers of Kanoo when it came to business. At the same time, his contributions to Bahrain were immeasurable. He will be greatly missed,” he said.
Businessman and BCCI member Hamed Al Kooheji said Kanoo ‘left his mark not only in Bahrain but also in the Gulf.’
Kanoo is survived by his wife and four sons, including former Shura Council member Saud Abdulaziz Kanoo, and 14 grandchildren.