UAE plans to enable smart gates for all citizens and residents

This post was originally published on 22 March 2016.

UAE’s Interior Ministry has developed an ambitious plan to enable all citizens and residents to pass through smart gates at airports in the UAE, according to a report in the Arabic daily newspaper Al Bayan.

“The total number of people registered in the UAE’s e-port system now stands at 1.5 million,” Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior said at a press conference during the ISNR 2016 exhibition.

Smart gates have been installed at airports of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah in the first phase of this project.

What are smart gates?

Smart gates allow UAE visitors and residents to smoothly enter the country’s airport without having to wait in long passport queues.

The smart gate scans the passport and biometrics of the traveller before allowing them to pass through passport control.

While the e-gate has a similar procedure, it requires an e-gate card.

Experts claim that smart gate is seven seconds faster when processing a passenger’s credentials.

Smart gates can be used by UAE citizens and residents, GCC nationals and passport holders from selected countries.

Maj. Gen. Al Raisi added that the deal signed by the Ministry of Interior at the ISNR exhibition 2016 aimed at expanding the portal project to achieve the Ministry of Interior’s aim of enabling all citizens and residents in UAE to use electronic gates at the country’s airports.

He added that modern technology is needed to deal with the tens of millions of passengers who use the UAE’s airports.

Al Raisi said e-ports is one of the UAE’s major projects and the UAE is one of the first countries to adopt this system.

Transit passengers take only seven seconds to pass through e-gates at UAE airports, which is fastest in the world.

He added all travellers would pass through the e-gates after iris scanning and recognition, which is a biometric identification technique used for airport security.

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