Dubai: You can now, technically, enter or exit the UAE in just 10 to 15 seconds — by using your Emirates ID at the Smart Gates at Dubai International (DXB) Airport.
The automated immigration gates at passport control do away with lines, saving time and effort for UAE residents leaving or arriving at DXB.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said: “With a transaction time that averages 10 to 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.”
Many residents — more than 234,000 — have already used it since its phased roll out began earlier this year.
Amna, a Sharjah-based Pakistani university student who is currently studying abroad, said: “I used my Emirates ID twice at the Smart Gates, while entering and leaving, and it was a breeze. It saved me the hassle of standing in line at passport control.”
Completely free of charge and requiring no preregistration, the new service makes passing through immigration Smart Gates fast and convenient for all UAE residents. The first of its kind in the region, it is the result of the joint efforts of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), the Emirates Identity Authority and Dubai Airports… see more