Al Dhafra Air Base

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Al Dhafra Air Base
قاعدة الظفرة الجوية
Al Dhafra WTC Memorial.png
World Trade Center 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]


Current use[edit]

The United States Air Force's 380th Air Expeditionary Wing 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.

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

Due to the 2014 military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant the French have also deployed Breguet Atlantique II maritime patrol aircraft.[3]


  1. ^ a b Airport information for OMAM from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. September 2014. p. 7. 
  3. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. November 2014. p. 4. 

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