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Smart gates to replace passport officials at Dubai Airports by 2030

By 2030, smart gates at Dubai airports will replace passport officials’ platforms, according to Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.

In his welcome address at the Airport Security Middle East conference, Al Marri said, “We have created smart gates projects in an exclusive and modern way, and these now amount to about 122 smart gates. We have created a number of smart projects in Dubai international airports, the latest of which is “Next-Generation Departure” project, which will enable passengers to complete their travel procedures in the least time possible.”

Col. Hamooda Belsuwaida Alameri, Assistant Director-General Operations at General Department of Airport Security, Dubai Police in his keynote speech said, “Dubai Police has plans to coordinate their human resources and capabilities to ensure security at airports. The airport security challenges are landside security, cybersecurity and security checkpoints. Airports, the police and the security agencies need to collaborate and exchange information as well as do risk assessments to ensure security on all fronts.”

Technologies have been put into strategies and plans to have security checkpoints of the future to make Dubai airports safe and secure for all our clients, he added.

Al Marri added that the Directorate is looking to have the UAE ranked amongst the best countries in the world in terms of safety and security by ensuring the implementation of nationality and residency related laws, to bring security and economic benefit to the country and contribute to the protection of its ports.

“We are constantly evolving with the advent of modern technology and artificial intelligence tools. This may be one of the factors facing some sectors, requiring the deployment of innovative and intelligent solutions by government entities and contribution to promoting Dubai’s global leadership.

“Dubai has set up its airports with a view of having them act as smart stations in their capacity as one of the most vital ports for the UAE, on the one hand, and the gateway to all people of the world, on the other.”

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