Dubai airports may soon have virtual borders
Dubai is looking to implement a border than is 100 percent virtual, which means that all of your security and border checks will be done without any human interaction.
The Deputy Director-General of Dubai’s Directorate General for Residency & Foreign Affairs, Major General Obaid Mehayer bin Suroor Alhameeri announced the news earlier this week.
“[We are looking to implement] a 100 percent virtual border where human contact is absent. We need to find alternative ways to handle border security procedures where speedier transactions are a priority,” he said.
The news comes shortly after it was announced that passenger traffic at Dubai airports is expected to reach over 124 million passengers at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International (DWC) by 2020.
It also comes just months after Dubai International Airport announced that it has teamed up with British-based company ObjectTech to create what could be the world’s first “gate-less border”.
According to a statement on ObjectTech’s website, the gate-less border will allow passengers “to step off their flight and walk straight to baggage reclaim section via a biometric verification”.
The verification means that travellers will “be registered into the country using a pre-approved and entirely digitised passport, which will contain information from the electronic chip in physical passports, finger prints, iris scans and facial recognition data”.
Currently, Dubai airports have a number of services set up to help ease the flow of people.
The e-gate card being one of them. The card, issued by Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs, allows passengers quicker access through the immigration process at Dubai Airport, Abu Dhabi Airport and Al Ain.