Dubai international airport in the UAE is planning to begin full operations of its new smart e-Gate system at Terminal 3 from 1 January 2013.
The new system, currently being trialled at the airport, will allow passengers to quickly check in and out through passport control.
UAE General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) director-general Maj-Gen Mohammad Ahmed Al Marri was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying that the airport is installing smart e-gates to ease passengers' suffering, provide faster, easier and more accurate and secure services, and cope with the latest and ever-changing technologies.
"As such, passengers do not have to use e-gate cards; they may only use their machine-readable passports to smoothly finish their entry and exit transactions," Al Marri said.
According to the airport, the new system is capable of rapidly collecting passport information and captures biometric data through a camera, after which it can compare the data with current records for any discrepancies.
According to Maj-Gen Al Marri, the smart e-gate is planned to be installed in all Dubai airports.
Dubai International airport is currently constructing a new $3.2bn Concourse 3 at Terminal 3, which is scheduled to open in January 2013.
With a passenger handling capacity of 19 million per year, the new 528,000m² concourse will be accommodate 20 A380 planes at once.
Being constructed as part of airport's plan to increase capacity to 70 million travellers per year, the new terminal will have five gates for 13 remote stands, which include an automated people mover, while Sky Train will connect Concourse 3's lower and upper levels.
Image: Following the beginning of operations, the new smart e-Gate system will speed up passenger check in and checkout processes at Terminal 3 of Dubai airport. Photo: courtesy of Dubai Airports.