dnata awarded AIDA Cruises’ shore excursions contract in Bahrain

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Published December 6th, 2015 - 10:59 GMT

dnata, the Middle East’s leading travel management company, with services spanning every aspect of the travel industry, has recently entered into partnership with AIDA Cruises, Germany’s leading cruise company, to provide shore excursions to their guests in Bahrain.

dnata expects to serve approximately 25,000 to 30,000 tourists to Bahrain over the next year as it services AIDAstella, one the ships in AIDA Cruises’ fleet which cruises the Gulf waters and has a capacity of 2,300 passengers.

“As a destination management company (DMC) with specialised areas of operation, dnata has the flexibility to tailor its products to meet the unique requirements of our clients. The partnership with AIDA Cruises fits in with our strategic focus to provide premium holiday products and services in the Kingdom‎ of Bahrain and further cement our position as a leader in cruise handling in the region. We are delighted at this opportunity and look forward to working together to make it a success, and deliver memorable experiences to visitors,” said Ashley Correa, General Manager, dnata Bahrain.

dnata is the largest cruise passenger handling DMC in the Middle East. Since 2012, the company has provided more than 660,000 guest transfers and over 300,000 shore excursions.  “With Dubai targeting one million cruise guests by 2020, the company expects its partnership with AIDA Cruises and other leading cruise companies to further position Cruise Arabia & the wider region as a sought-after cruise destination,” said Jasem Zaiton, dnata’s Cruise Manager.

Background Information


dnata is the world’s fourth largest combined air services provider offering ground handling, cargo, travel, IT solutions and flight catering services across five continents. The company has an outstanding reputation for providing high quality, customer-oriented assistance. Part of the acclaimed Emirates Group and wholly owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), dnata was established in 1959, with just five staff.

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