Dubai’s dnata breaks ground for its new $14mn cargo warehouse in Iraq

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Dnata breaks ground for Iraq warehouse
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Dubai-headquartered air and travel services provider, dnata has broken ground on its new 20,000 square meters cargo warehouse in Iraq, which will add the significant expansion to its operations at Erbil International Airport (EBL).

The facility represents an investment of $14 million and will create up to 50 additional, direct jobs with dnata in Iraq.

dnata’s newest cargo facility will be capable of processing 100,000 tons of cargo annually, including perishables, pharmaceuticals and dangerous goods. The air and travel services provider will also implement its advanced ‘OneCargo’ system within the facility, digitizing processes and maximizing efficiencies across its cargo operations in Iraq.

Jaffar Dawood_Dnata breaks ground for warehouse in Iraq
Jaffar Dawood
UAE & Iraq Airport Operations

“We are delighted to expand our operations in response to the growing demand for our reliable and safe cargo services in Erbil. Our new facility will incorporate cutting-edge technologies and the latest carbon reduction initiatives in design and operation, ensuring the highest level of operational and environmental efficiency for our customers. We stay committed to the Iraqi aviation industry and continue to invest in our operations to contribute to the development of Erbil as a regional cargo hub.”

The facility will be equipped with thermal insulation to reduce the building’s environmental impact by maintaining low CO2 manufacturing emissions and operating costs. Additional, environmentally sustainable features include a water harvesting system, which recycles condensed water, low-energy skylighting, and an all-electric forklift fleet. dnata’s latest expansion follows the opening of a new, advanced cool chain facility and a bus maintenance facility in 2022 at EBL.

In recent years, dnata has also made investments in new cargo facilities in London and Manchester (UK), Karachi and Lahore (Pakistan), as well as additional cargo capacity and infrastructure in Brussels (Belgium), Sydney (Australia) and Toronto (Canada).

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