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Industry Ground Handling Industry
Founded Dubai (1959)[1]
Founder Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum[1]
Headquarters Emirates Group Headquarters, Al Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Area served
37 countries[1]
Key people

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Chairman/CEO)
Gary Chapman (President of Dnata)

Adam Blowfield (CFO)
Products Aviation Services
Owner Public
Parent The Emirates Group
Website http://dnata.com

Dnata (styled as dnata, Dubai National Air Transport Association) is one of the largest suppliers of combined air services in the world offering aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents. With a global footprint of 37 countries, dnata employs over 20,000 employees for its operations worldwide.


dnata was established in 1959 in Dubai, UAE, with just five employees. The name originates as an acronym for ‘Dubai National Air Travel Agency’. It has grown significantly[2] with the first international expansion seen in 1993. Global expansion was also witnessed in 2008 through the acquisition of a 23% share in worldwide corporate travel company, Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) and 49% acquisition of the global outsource provider, Mind Pearl. In December, 2010, dnata acquired Alpha Flight Limited, expanding the company even further to cover 62 airports in 12 countries. In November, 2015, dnata acquires RM Ground Services,in Brazil expanding the operations to 84 countries and operates across 6 continents servicing over 150 airlines.

Ground handling[edit]

Dnata employs over 6,500 people who handle passenger, cargo, ramp and technical services for airlines at Dubai International Airport. Globally, Dnata also provides airport services to 19 airports:

Mercator,[4] is the IT arm of dnata providing technological solutions and services to the aviation industry in the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Headquartered in Dubai, Mercator also has an office in Thailand.


Functioning as the cargo handling operator for the Dubai International Airport Cargo Gateway, cargo services are provided both regionally and internationally at their overseas airports, handling over 3 million tons of cargo annually. In 1991, Calogi,[5] an online communication portal was set up for the cargo community and was the first of its kind in the region allowing airlines, shippers, freight forwarders and ground handling agents to conduct business anywhere in the world.


Dnata Travel provides assistance in the areas of corporate and government travel, luxury holidays, events, groups and incentives, retail and marine travel. There are 202 locations across the GCC with operational presence in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dnata Travel is also the regional managing partner for the Hogg Robinson Group in the Middle East and West Asia.

Flight catering[edit]

Through the acquisition of Alpha Flight Limited[6] in 2010, Dnata operates an international flight catering service across 62 airports and 12 countries. With an annual turnover of GBP360 million (AED2.3 billion), the company serves 120,000 meals on a daily basis.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Emirates Group Media Center :: Fact Files". Mediacentre.ekgroup.com. Retrieved 2007-06-03. 
  2. ^ "Annual Reports, Facts and Figures | The Emirates Group". Mediacentre.ekgroup.com. 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  3. ^ "TAS - Toll Air Services - Airline Ground Handling Partners Australia-Wide". www.tolldnata.com. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Airline IT solutions >". Mercator. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to Calogi". Calogi.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Announces Acquisition of Alpha Flight Group Ltd | News | About". dnata. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 

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