The extended summer vacation in the UAE is drawing to an end, and airports all throughout the country are preparing to welcome a large number of citizens returning from their vacations. Airports are therefore expected to see higher levels of activity than usual. In particular, Dubai International (DXB), the largest airport in the world, is ready to welcome an incredible 3.3 million travelers over the course of the next 13 days.
The organization in charge of the airport said in a guidance note issued on Wednesday that travellers traveling with their families and who are 12 years old or older have the option to use smart gates, which will speed up the passport screening process. There are specific passport control stations provided for tourists between the ages of 4 and 12, allowing them to independently stamp their own passports.
Smart gates allow travelers to quickly finish the immigration process in a matter of seconds. The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) revealed in June that a notable 9 million passengers made use of these gates during the first half of the current year to take the practical route. This remarkable number represents almost 36% of the 26 million passengers who passed through DXB overall over the same time period.
There are 120 smart gates in all at Dubai International Airport, which is a sizable fleet. These gates provide a smooth passage for people who have finished the registration process; visitors need only look at the green light instead of physically scanning any documents. The cameras that scan the smart gates are strategically placed on top of this green light. Passengers’ immigration procedures are streamlined thanks to this novel solution.
Who may employ them?
According to the GDRFA website, passengers with pre-issued visas as well as residents who qualify for visa on arrival and citizens of the UAE and the GCC may use the smart gates. However, you must register and be at least 1.2 meters tall.
All recent DXB arrivals are expected to have been immediately registered upon entering the immigration touchpoint, according to Dubai Airports.
Passengers can now confirm their eligibility for utilizing the smart gates on the GDRFA website. This is how you do it:
- Check out the GDRFA website.
- Enter the number on your passport or Emirates ID.
- Enter your gender and birthdate.
- One of two messages will appear: “Record is registered. Smart gates are an option” in green, or “Record is not registered. To utilize smart gates when traveling, you must be registered.
SOURCE: GULF NEWS