Dubai International Airport has opened a total of 18 new smart gates at Terminal 2 in a bid to allow travellers to pass through immigration more quickly.
The new gates, which removes any form of human intervention to clear immigration, allows passengers to pass through the process within seven to ten seconds.
Ten of the gates have been installed in the arrivals area while the remaining gates are deployed in the departure area.
The new gates were launched by General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai director general Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri.
Ahmed Al Marri told media sources: “These exclusive smart gates have resulted in the development of intelligent projects at the Dubai International Airports.”
Featuring the latest face-recognition software, the smart gates can identify travellers through their eyes, fingers and faces.
Upon completion of the process, the system issues transit passes to passengers which can be used every time they pass through the airport.
According to a plan, the smart gates at Dubai airports are expected to replace passport officials’ platforms by 2030.
The number of passengers opting for the smart gates surged to 2.63 million during the first five months of this year, compared to 2.16 million during the same period one year ago.
Currently, there are a total of 122 smart gates at Dubai airports including 30 in Terminal 1, 18 in Terminal 2, 64 in Terminal 3, and ten at the Al Maktoum International Airport.