DNATA was established by an Amiri Decree
in 1959 by the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed
Al Maktoum, providing
ground handling services to all airlines at
Dubai International Airport. By 1961 it was
handling 772 scheduled flights and 10,500 passengers.
Today the Company handles annually 80,000 aircraft
movements, 6.5 million passengers and over 250,000
tons of cargo.
forty years on DNATA has evolved into a group
of companies that includes Emirates Airlines,
Mercator (one of their roles is being NDC for
Galileo in 4 countries), DNATA Cargo (Cargo
Terminal Operator), DNATA Airport services (sole
handling agent for all carriers that operate
into Dubai International Airport) and of course,
DNATA Agencies is one of the largest travel
agencies in the world.
is all a far cry from the days of operating
from one shop in Al-Nasr square, to now owning
over 25 retail outlets throughout the UAE and
having a fully computerized network that links
its offices in several countries. The
Airline Centre, Headquarters of the Organization
in Dubai, has about 1500 PCs linked to the LAN.
The Company has an enviable reputation in the
Region for market leaders in several segments
of the business.
is a household name in the UAE and one that
commands a significant amount of power. The
Company has been voted for fiveconsecutive years
as the Best Travel Agency in the Middle East.
In October 1996, DNATA in an unprecedented move,
changed the name of its business travel
division to BTI UAE. In doing so the Company
displayed a tremendous degree of dedicated commitment
and absolute belief in the philosophy of BTI.