Dubai Int'l Airport smart gates used by 234,000

Automated immigration gates for UAE residents were first introduced at DXB in 2002, and 127 are currently in use across all three of the airport's terminals

More than 234,000 UAE residents have used the smart immigration gates installed at Dubai International Airport. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
More than 234,000 UAE residents have used the smart immigration gates installed at Dubai International Airport. [Image: Dubai Media Office]

Dubai International Airport's (DXB) phased Smart Gate programme's automated immigration services have been used by more than 234,000 UAE residents since its 2002 launch, officials revealed.

Automated immigration gates were first introduced at DXB in 2002, and 127 are currently in use across all three of the airport's terminals. 

Developed by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), the Emirates Identity Authority, and Dubai Airports, the service allows the use of Emirates ID cards to pass through automated immigration gates. 

The service is enabled by a secure and efficient link that has been created between the various operational systems and databases managed by the three authorities.

Upon inserting the Emirates ID Card into the Smart Gate, the system can confirm the identity, travel plans, and eligibility of UAE residents to enter and depart the country, Dubai Media Office reported.

The gates are expected to improve service and boost the airport's capacity as it works towards its DXB Plus Programme, which aims to extend passenger volumes to 118 million by 2023. 

 

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