You don’t need a passport to pass through Dubai International Airport

Could this Asian airport be leading the way to becoming the airport of the future? Source: Shutterstock.

SOME of the busiest airports around the world are teching up to meet the operational and capacity challenges.

And the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) main gateway, Dubai International Airport, just joined the club.

Dubai International Airport, which received 43.74 million passengers in the first half of the year, has eliminated the need for passports for passengers passing through.

In April, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai announced it would soon be launching the “Smart Gate” across the UAE’s airports as it recognizes archaic systems of manually checking passports and difficult to navigate e-gates are outdated.

Major General Mohammed Ahmad Al Marri said it would enable each passenger to pass through immigration without assistance or travel document or ID and within only 10 seconds.

The “Smart Gate” is seven seconds faster than the older e-gate and will accelerate passengers through border control and customs.

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On Wednesday, the GDRFA launched the pilot phase of the “Smart Tunnel” at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 to enable passengers to finish passport control procedures in 15 seconds.

First and business class travelers can tuck their passports away when traveling through Dubai International Airport as they will only be required to walk through the biometric recognition system.

The “Smart Tunnel” uses facial recognition technology, allowing passengers to finish the entry procedure within 15 seconds without the need for human intervention.

GDRFA director Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri said the project is in its trial phase until it is officially launched by vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

According to Al Merri, Dubai International Airport’s project is considered to be the first of its kind in the world, adding that more smart projects are ahead to be implemented to enhance fast and smart traveling experience.