Huda Janahi's meteoric rise from a stay-at-home mother to a successful award-winning businesswoman is a remarkable example of true grit and determination.

Fifteen years ago, Huda Janahi started her journey from homemaker to a successful businesswoman with Global Cargo and Traveller Services that was started with a capital of 1,000 Bahraini Dinars. She ran the business single-handedly from an office in a small rented space in Muharraq, Bahrain’s third largest city.

For the first year, all progress was blocked because her application for a commercial registration was rejected by the Ministry of Commerce. She was told that women could not receive a commercial registration to operate in the cargo industry. Undaunted, Janahi refused to accept no for an answer and she joined the UNIDO AICEI Enterprise Development & Investment Promotion program in Bahrain.

In 2001, after graduating from the UNIDO entrepreneurship development programme, she applied again for registration and, with UNIDO’s support, her application was finally accepted. Within a few years, Janahi built up her company into a huge successful enterprise and, in 2008, she signed a merger worth US$3m with the Kuwaiti cargo company, Global Logistic Company, which serves the whole Middle East region.



  • GCC Young Entrepreneur

    Mrs. Janahi receiving GCC Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2008
  • Investor of the Year Award

    Huda named Investor of the Year Award, 2005
  • Mohammed bin Rashid Award

    Huda bestowed with Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leader, 2005
  • H.H Shaikha Sabika

    With H.H Shaikha Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of HM the King & Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Women, 2007
  • Huda Janahi with Bahrain PM

    Huda Janahi with Bahrain PM Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
  • Huda alongside Ministry of Labour

    Huda alongside Ministry of Labour for highest level of Bahranization
  • Huda Janahi being honoured

    Huda Janahi being honoured by H.H PM Shaikh Salman bin Hamed Al Khalifa for her outstanding success..
  • Huda Janahi named by George Bush

    Huda Janahi named by George Bush as “an inspiring example for the whole region” accrediting her extravagant achievement..
  • Most Powerful Arab Businesswoman

    Huda Janahi ranked 46th and 47th most powerful Arab businesswoman in 2006 and 2007 respectively.