Dubai first launched smart gates in 2017, and the two Dubai airports have around 130 smart gates across Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 in Dubai International airport as well as at the Al Maktoum International Airport.
The smart gates allow passengers to clear the immigration process in between seven to 10 seconds, according to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA).
The gates use face-sensors to scan and identify travellers and indicators guide them through the steps required to complete the process.
The number of passengers passing through smart gates at Dubai Airports so far this year has reached 10.7 million, Dubai Media Office (DMO) reported on Tuesday. The figure accounts for 22.3 per cent of the total number of passengers who travelled through the airports this year, DMO said on Twitter.
In October, Dubai International also began a smart tunnel pilot project intended to speed up travel time through immigration.
The tunnel, at the airport’s Terminal 3, uses a biometric recognition system to recognize passengers as they walk through. This allows immigration checks to be completed in just 15 seconds, according to officials.
Source Credit: Gulf Business