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Ebrahim Kanoo

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Ebrahim Kanoo
Ebrahim Kanoo at the inauguration of the King Fahad Causeway in 1986.
Manama, Bahrain
February 2, 1991February 2, 1991
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👶 ChildrenAli Ebrahim Kanoo, Khalid Ebrahim Kanoo, Yousif Ebrahim Kanoo
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Ebrahim Kanoo with HH the Emir Shaikh Isa Bin Salman, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman and Shaikh Isa Bin Rashid

Ebrahim Ali Kanoo was the founder and first director of the Bahrain Broadcasting Station (1955-1980) and Information Advisor to the Emir of Bahrain Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa and the Ministry of Information (1980-1991).


Ebrahim Kanoo was born in Manama, the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in 1921. He lived at the beginning of his life in (Kanoo) neighborhood, the well-known neighborhood in Manama. He studied in the schools of Bahrain and then continued his studies at the American University of Beirut.[1] And when he was a student, his multiple talents emerged as he was passionate about reading, a lover of culture and its arts, and interested in Arabic and Islamic heritage, especially books of Arabic poetry, of which he was best at reciting at official events and celebrations that were organized in the forties of the last century.

A picture of the late ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the late Ebrahim Kanoo, at the opening of the Bahrain Broadcasting Station , July 21, 1955.

Mr. Ebrahim Kanoo started his life career early ... as his peers used to do in those years, and although he belonged to the well-known (Kanoo) family, he started his journey on his own, so he walked the paths of life step by step with struggle, patience and diligence despite the difficult circumstances. He worked as an employee in the (Arar) area, near Aramco's Tapline in northern Saudi Arabia. He returned to Bahrain after that and worked in the municipality of Manama and then in the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) for a period of time.


His passion for knowledge and his love for culture pushed him toward education and teaching, where he worked in the Eastern School in Manama as a teacher of physical education, which he loved. Sports was one of the important hobbies in his life, as he was one of the great and most prominent in it, as he practiced it as a goalkeeper and a successful referee and manager. The late Ebrahim Kanoo is also considered one of the first referees who practiced arbitration for several games, foremost among which was football in the general league. He remained loyal to sports and worked for its advancement through his membership in Al Nisour Club (currently Al Ahli Club), of which he was one of the important members and contributed to the development of Bahraini sports according to the available capabilities.

The late Ebrahim Kanoo left behind a lasting legacy in sporting history and athlete sons, foremost among whom is one of the giants of Bahraini basketball and the Al-Ahli Club who was also one of the stars of Bahraini table tennis, Ali Kanoo, and Khalid Kanoo, the current president of the Al-Ahli Club, and Yousif Kanoo, president of basketball at the Al-Ahli Club.


Mr. Ebrahim Kanoo was selected to establish the Bahrain Broadcasting Station by the ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who was impressed with his voice and performance at a party in Ain Athari. In 1955, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa inaugurated the Bahrain Broadcasting Station under the management of Ebrahim Kanoo and supervised by James Belgrave, son of Sir Charles Belgrave, the advisor to the ruler of Bahrain at that time.[2]

Bahrain has known Mr. Ebrahim Kanoo as an active member in the theatrical movement in Bahrain throughout its rich history extending during the thirties and forties of the last century in the field of theatrical composition and acting, as he stood on stage as the embodiment of many well-known figures in the Arab Islamic heritage. He was known to recite poems by the poet Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammad Al Khalifa, with whom he had a close friendship that extended over many years, beginning with poetry and the love of poetry, and a close fraternal relationship continued. His passion for Arabic poetry and the Arabic language and literature was reflected in his radio work, as the Bahrain Radio Library currently holds a rare collection of audio recordings of the poems and religious invocations that he delivered through the microphones of Bahrain Radio, especially during the blessed month of Ramadan, which still attract the hearts of listeners with his strong, expressive voice.

During the long years that Ebrahim Kanoo spent among the studios of Radio Bahrain, he planted the seeds of sincerity in the workplace, communicating with listeners, and presenting new and interesting ideas and programs, despite the lack of capabilities and the small number of broadcasters, program producers and directors. At the beginning of his work in the radio station, he joined a training course in the Near East Broadcasting Station, which was broadcasting its programs from Cyprus. He was also sent to the British Broadcasting Corporation in London to receive a training course in the arts of broadcasting work, preparation, directing and broadcasting.

The late Ebrahim Kanoo at the inauguration of the King Fahad Causeway, 1986.

Mr. Ebrahim Kanoo opened the doors of the radio station to the talented people of Bahrain, who found the right atmosphere and the right place to highlight and showcase their talents in the form of successful radio programs that the listeners' ears followed with passion and interest, not only in Bahrain but throughout the Arabian Gulf region. They found all guidance and direction from him, and his role was prominent in refining them and pushing them to more giving and creativity. The Ministry of Information honored him in appreciation for his constructive efforts and sincere dedication when it chose him as a media advisor in the ministry. And in 1990 his name was given to one of the largest studios of Bahrain Radio.


  1. "إبراهيم كانو.. رياضي شامل في الزمن الجميل للمنافسة". (in العربية). Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  2. "إبـــراهيــــم كـــــانـــــو:أعجب حاكم البحرين بصوتي فناداني في "عذاري"". Watan (in Arabic). 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2020-10-30.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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