The Nasser Abdulla Lootah Group, more commonly known by its former name, NASA Group, was launched in 1976 by Chairman and CEO Nasser Abdulla Lootah. The Dubai-based diversified conglomerate encompasses nine subsidiaries, four sister companies and five sponsored companies . Its diversified portfolio includes travel and shipping, real estate, mineral water, information technology, hospitals, insurance, education, retail stores and advertising. The Emirates National Drinking Water Company, known as Emirates Water, operates an integrated plant for bottling and distributing spring water throughout the UAE and 16 other countries, including Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Maldives, Japan, Tanzania, and Djibouti. The company produces gallons, bottles, cups dispensers, pumps and filtration systems as well as a private label service.