DNATA cargo win top humanitarian award

IFRC recognises DNATA's contribution to the Tsunami effort by awarding it a certificate of appreciation.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  May 25, 2005

Dnata Cargo, the handling operator at all of Dubai’s air cargo terminals, has received kudos from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for its role in facilitating and providing humanitarian aid during the tsunami relief efforts. A certificate of appreciation was awarded to Dnata this month by Philip Jones, charge d'affaires of the IFRC in Dubai. “IRFC are highly appreciative to Dnata for their tremendous support during the tsunami relief efforts. Within a few days of the disaster, hundreds of tonnes of aid supplies passed through Dubai International Airport’s cargo terminals as aid agencies and relief flight operators galvanised into action,” said Jones. “During this critical time, the Dnata cargo team endured that last minute cargo handling deadlines were met with efficiency and professionalism,” he added. Accepting the appreciation certificate on behalf of Dnata Cargo, Ismail Ali Albanna, executive vice president of Dnata said: “We are glad to have been able to have played a part in the tsunami relief efforts. We are proud of our staff for their dedication in contributing professional expertise, as well as personal resources and time.” In addition to cargo handling support, Dnata staff also donated over US $2000 to buy medicines for the victims in the affected regions and contributed to frontline relief efforts, where several staff members were mobilised with the Dubai-based Airport Emergency Team (AET) to organize the flow of relief supplies at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport.

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