234,000 use Emi­rates ID smart gate sys­tem

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A new ser­vice that en­ables the use of Emi­rates ID cards to pass through au­to­mated im­mi­gra­tion gates at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port (DXB) has recorded more than 234,000 users ac­cord­ing to newly-re­leased fig­ures. Free of charge and re­quir­ing no pre­reg­is­tra­tion for res­i­dents, the ser­vice is avail­able on all 127 Smart Gates across all three ter­mi­nals at Dubai In­ter­na­tional. Upon in­sert­ing the Emi­rates ID Card into the Smart Gate, the sys­tem can ac­cu­rately con­firm the iden­tity, travel plans and el­i­gi­bil­ity of UAE res­i­dents to en­ter and depart the coun­try. Gen­eral Mo­ham­mad Al Marri, Direc­tor Gen­eral of the Gen­eral Direc­torate of Res­i­dency and For­eign­ers Af­fairs, said: “Cre­at­ing a sys­tem that en­hances both se­cu­rity and pas­sen­ger con­ve­nience is a break­through for man­ag­ing the bor­ders in the UAE.” Paul Grif­fiths CEO of Dubai Airports, added: “With a trans­ac­tion time that av­er­ages 10-15 sec­onds this is clearly a smarter way to travel. “It speeds up the im­mi­gra­tion process sig­nif­i­cantly and short­ens queues. Our fo­cus go­ing for­ward is to get more res­i­dents us­ing it.” Smart gates pro­vide the dual ben­e­fit of im­prov­ing ser­vice whilst boost­ing ca­pac­ity, both of which are crit­i­cal el­e­ments of Dubai Airports’ DXB Plus pro­gramme which aims to ex­pand the air­port’s ca­pac­ity to 118 mil­lion by 2023.

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