Al Dhafra Air Base

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Al Dhafra Air Base
قاعدة الظفرة الجوية
Al Dhafra WTC Memorial.png
World Trade Center and Pentagon 9/11 memorials at Al Dhafra, June 2004
Airport type Military
Operator United Arab Emirates Air Force
Serves Abu Dhabi, UAE
Location Mussafah, UAE
Time zone UAE Standard Time (UTC+04:00)
Elevation AMSL 77 ft / 23 m
Coordinates 24°14′24″N 054°32′54″E / 24.24000°N 54.54833°E / 24.24000; 54.54833Coordinates: 24°14′24″N 054°32′54″E / 24.24000°N 54.54833°E / 24.24000; 54.54833
OMAM is located in United Arab Emirates
Location in the UAE
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13L/31R 3,661 12,011 Asphalt
13R/31L 3,661 12,011 Asphalt

Al Dhafra Air Base (Arabic:قاعدة الظفرة الجوية) (IATA: DHFICAO: OMAM) is a military installation in the United Arab Emirates. The base is located approximately 20 mi (32 km) south of Abu Dhabi and is operated by the United Arab Emirates Air Force.


The airport resides at an elevation of 77 ft (23 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways, 13L/31R and 13R/31L, each having an asphalt surface measuring 3,661 m × 46 m (12,011 ft × 151 ft).[1]

Hosted Units[edit]

The air base is the headquarters of the Western Air Command of the UAE Air Force. It hosts the UAE Air Force Fighter Wing, comprising the 1st Shaheen Squadron, 2nd Shaheen Squadron, and 3rd Shaheen Squadron (all equipped with F-16E/F Desert Falcon), and the 71st and 76th Fighter Squadrons (both with Mirage 2000-9EAD/DAD).

Current use[edit]

The United States Air Force's 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (380 AEW) has a number of aircraft based here, including: Lockheed U-2S's,[2] McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extenders, Boeing E-3 Sentrys (AWACS) and Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawks;[3] due to the military intervention against ISIL/ISIS, various other aircraft have been deployed there.[4]

On 1 September 2008 the French Air Force opened their own military settlement within the northwest corner of the base operating Dassault Rafales and Boeing C-135FR Stratolifters.[citation needed]

Also due to the military intervention against ISIL/ISIS, the French have also deployed Breguet Atlantique II maritime patrol aircraft as part of Opération Chammal.[5]


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