Kuwait, February 2017
Al Kazemi Travel Agencies Co. W.L.L. (part of Al Kazemi Group) proudly becomes the exclusive agent of Azerbaijan Airlines in the State of Kuwait, establishing the first direct flight from Kuwait to Baku – Azerbaijan. The flight duration is only 1 hour and 50 minutes, therefore saving all travelers from the difficulties faced in the past as a result of long transit flights to reach beautiful Azerbaijan.
The second flight took place in February and the next flights are scheduled for April, May, June, July, August, and September.
Azerbaijan is a country in the South Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. A country rich in oil and natural gas, Azerbaijan has experienced since proclaiming its independence on August 30, 1991 significant growth. The latter could be witnessed especially in the country’s capital Baku which is also its commercial hub. With a population of over 2 million and a location of 28 meters below sea level, Baku prides itself by being the “lowest lying” national capital as well as the “lowest lying” largest city in the world.
According to Lonely Planet, “Azerbaijan’s capital is the architectural love child of Paris and Dubai… albeit with plenty of Soviet genes floating half-hidden in the background. Few cities in the world are changing as quickly and nowhere else in Eurasia do East and West blend as seamlessly or as chaotically. At its heart, the Unesco-listed Old City lies within an exotically crenelated arc of fortress wall. Around this are gracefully illuminated stone mansions and pedestrianized tree-lined streets filled with exclusive boutiques. In the last decade, countless towers have mushroomed, dwarfing or replacing tatty old Soviet apartment blocks.”
Al Kazemi Travel Agencies Co. was established in the mid-1960s. It is worthwhile to highlight that it was one of the earliest market entrants to the Travel & Tourism Industry in Kuwait offering general travel & tourism services and acting as General Sales Agent of renowned airlines. Located in one of the most exclusive areas of Kuwait city, it is recognized as a leading travel agency in the market. Currently employing a staff of over 40 dedicated and experienced personnel, the office provide turnkey travel services including:
- Organization of trips to destinations all over the world
- Tour packages
- Ticketing services
- Visa issuance services
- Trip counseling and guidance
- Air Charter services (both private & commercial)
- Air Cargo services
- GSA services
The client base of Al Kazemi Travel Agencies is quite varied and spans across all sections of the Kuwaiti society (including families, young adults, students etc.), international companies undertaking projects in the State of Kuwait, local companies from both the private and public sectors, governmental entities and embassies among others.
More about Al Kazemi Group:
Interview with Jad H. Mekkaoui, Business Development & Contracts Manager of Al Kazemi Group — Leading Contracting Company in Kuwait to Pursue Major Oil & Gas Projects in Kuwait | Al-Kazemi Group
The Group has gradually expanded over the years and currently includes 22 different companies specialized in various business activities.
"These companies fall under four main divisions; the trading and contracting division, the shipping and logistics division, travel and tourism division and investments division covering real estate and hospitality businesses. With regards to the trading and contracting division, we are agents of international EPC contractors, manufacturers and service providers on exclusive basis in the Kuwaiti market. For example with the EPC contractors we undertake major scale projects in the oil and gas sector as well as in the infrastructure sector and the construction sector among other sectors. With the manufacturers, we introduce their product into the market to supply them to the end user whether it is to the Ministries, Government entities, local contractors or international contractors executing projects in the market. If you look at the scope of our projects, we currently have over 3 billion US dollars’ worth of ongoing projects mainly focused in the oil and gas sector including two projects with KNPC, the Clean Fuels Project, the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery package, which we are executing with our principal GS E&C, along with JGC and SK E&C as part of the consortium. Our scope from this project is amounting to 1.5 billion US dollars. There is the North LPG Tanks Farm with KNPC as well which is a half a billion dollar project. We have three other projects running with KOC as well totalling around 1 billion US dollars with the latest awarded in September 2015 pertaining to the building of a New Water Center in North Kuwait valued at 300 Million US Dollars. We are undertaking a road engineering project with the Ministry of Public Works, shutdown projects for EQUATE Petrochemical Company; maintenance contracts etc. so it is quite diversified. These projects are executed in collaboration with our international principals. To go into the shipping and logistics division, we offer a wide range of services such as but not limited to project logistics services, transportation, custom clearance; we are agents of international shipping lines, and are considered among the top shipping companies in Kuwait and have been for many years. We were recently awarded the project logistics for the CFP project which we are executing with our Saudi partners Al Majdouie Logistics Company with whom we formed a joint venture here in Kuwait which is Al-Kazemi and Al Majdouie Cargo transportation Company back in 2010. In terms of the travel and tourism division, we operate one of the most prominent travel agencies in the market offering turnkey travel services. We are also general sales agents of renowned airlines. We currently represent Azerbaijan Airlines, Pakistani International Airlines, and Saudi Airlines Cargo, among others. The investments division, is focused on hospitality and real estate businesses, we have our own properties and we deal in real estate buying and selling as well as offering consultancy services. When it comes to hospitality we have our own hotel, the New Park Hotel and several other hotel ventures, however not in a managerial capacity but in a shareholding capacity in Kuwait and abroad. That should give you a brief overview of the group in general."
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