The Director of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, Major General Mohammed Ahmed al-Marri, announced the launch of a new system called Advanced Smart Gates which will be launched at Dubai airport in December.
These gates will help reduce time spent on arrival and departure, at immigration control from the current 47 minutes to 7 minutes, adding that these smart gates will be applied in the rest of Dubai airports at different stages.
Marri told al-Bayan newspaper that the new Smart Gates will address issues currently being faced by the 105,000 passengers that travel to Dubai and face issues of overcrowding.
He said the Smart Gates work better than the electronic gates that have been in use at Dubai airport for ten plus years because the advanced technology has been collected from several advanced countries in Europe and Australia. This will make it the first of its kind in the world.
Major General Marri said: “With the current electronic gates travelers should check in through the registration offices at the airport and enter their data to be able to get cards that will be valid for two years whereas with the new Smart Gate service, travelers will be able to register and receive everything within a few seconds.
“The device will read data from the passport and then the traveler has to deal with the electronic reader that will take his face imprint and validate his identity and after that, the doors will open to enable the traveler to cross into the state or leave it.”
He added that the duration of registration with the Smart Gates is 20 seconds the first time, and then it takes the Smart Gate just a few seconds to complete the registration.
He explained that in case of any problem occurring, the traveler will not be asked to stand in the waiting queue, because a side gate will grant passengers access to an immigration officer to complete formalities. He said the face imprint was the latest and most secure technology available.