Gulf Air Wins ‘Arab Technology Award 2012’
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Gulf Air director Information Technology Dr. Jassim Haji is seen receiving the award from Eyad Shihabi – HP managing director Middle-East

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, won the ‘Best Airline Award’ at the ‘Arabian Computer News Arab Technology Awards 2012’ for its outstanding work in the area of information technology and implementation over the past 12 months.


Gulf Air was voted the best airline in the Hospitality and Tourism Implementation of the year category. Dr. Jassim Haji, Gulf Air director of information technology received the award ata gala ceremonyin Dubai yesterday that saw over 400 leading technology professionals and organizations from the Arab world taking part.


Held on the sidelines of the globally popular technology event GITEX in Dubai, the award ceremony honors corporates and business houses in the entire MENA region for their innovative usage, development and implementation of information technology to deliver business value in various categories.


Gulf Air CEO Samer Majali said, “The award once again proves the relentless efforts that we put in embracing and implementing innovative and cost-effective technologies to serve our customers more efficiently while maximizing the advantages these technologies offer in running our business.”


“IT is integral to any business these days and, given the fast-paced developments in this area, introducing innovations and leveragingtheir technological solutions to our advantage is very important to stay ahead. I am glad our efforts are recognized at this international forum” Majali concluded.


Dr. Haji added, “This prestigious award is a further recognition of our continuous drive towardsproactively addressing the changing needs of customers and the industry through newer and smarter technologies.It is imperative that technology empowers business and for any customer-oriented organization like Gulf Air it is important to be on top of technological advancements that helps its business.”


Earlier this year Gulf Air won the ‘CIO 50 Awards 2012’ for spearheading and embracing technological advancements in the aviation sector.


This year’s awards feature 17 categories that recognize successful deployments carried out by end-users from a number of vertical sectors, the leading vendors in a variety of enterprise segments, and the CIO and IT department at the top of their profession.


Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air was the first organization in Bahrain to introduce Cloud Computing in its IT operations.

Last year, Gulf Air installed its newest inflight entertainment system on its aircraft that allows broadband Internet access, GSM phone service and live television content using Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite. Gulf Air is the first airline in the world to offer full on-board connectivity with technology.