Our journey, which led to us becoming an international hospitality company known for its unique collection of properties, started in 1981 with the formation of Dutco Hotels. Named after our parent company which was established in 1947, the new company owned and operated the Arabian Gulf’s first two resort properties in Dubai: Jebel Ali Hotel and Hatta Fort Hotel.
Chairman of JA Resorts & Hotels, Ahmed Baker tells the story of a successful homegrown hospitality company from its inception in the late 1970’s.
Now a legacy UAE brand with a 40-year reputation for excellence, Chairman Baker reflects upon the invaluable vision, guidance and support he received from the nation’s leaders and his gratitude and appreciation for the JA Resorts & Hotels staff – whom he is proud to call family.
‘Dubai's story is a series of tales from the pioneers who achieved great success under its leaders’ vision. Dutco Group is one inspiring story of a company that is associated with Dubai's growth & development. Thank you, Mr. Ahmed Baker & partners, for your efforts over the years’
HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Leader of Dubai
The Dubai Transport Company was established in 1947 and soon developed into DUTCO Group of Companies including construction, trading, manufacturing, oil, gas, real estate, and hospitality - JA Resorts & Hotels. We are proud to celebrate 40 years of operation in the United Arab Emirates this year, having first opened both the JA Hatta Fort Hotel in the Hajar Mountains and JA Beach Hotel at Jebel Ali Beach back in 1981. 40 years later, our homegrown hospitality group has gone from strength to strength, now featuring 10 distinct properties across the UAE and the Indian Ocean.