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The new Smart Gates make travelling in and out of Dubai even easier for UAE residents
No one likes waiting in queues after a long flight. It’s good news then that UAE residents can now use their Emirates ID to dash through the new Smart Gates at Arrivals and departures, cutting queuing time for everyone. Dubai International is now home to a whopping 127 Smart Gates, which allow passengers to skip the passport process and
instead simply scan their Emirates ID card and get through with minimum fuss. In one swipe the automated immigration gates can accurately and efficiently confirm a resident’s identity, travel plans and eligibility to enter and depart the UAE – and all with an average transaction time of 10 to 15 seconds. Not only will it save time, but frequent
H OW TO U S E T H E M
WHAT IS AN EMIRATES ID?
They’re free and there’s no need to register for Emirates ID card holders. Just follow the purple signs to Smart Gates and scan.
Also known as a National Identity card, an Emirates ID is a card issued to every UAE resident, including expats.
Unlimited free, high-speed Wi-Fi at both Dubai International and Dubai World Central
W H O CA N U S E T H E M ?
N OT A UA E R ES I D E N T?
UAE residents with a valid Emirates ID, who are more than 18 years old. Families travelling with children under 18 can approach the manned counter adjacent to the Smart Gates to complete immigration.
Unfortunately you won’t be eligible, but all is not lost. Visitors with biometric passports from 37 countries can use DXB’s Smart Gates, by registering at the nearby kiosk first time.
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flyers will be happy to save some space in their passport, by skipping the stamping process. A first for the region, the service is completely free and doesn’t require any registration; just scan and go. The Smart Gates are all part of Dubai Airports’ DXB Plus programme, which aims to expand the airport’s capacity to 118 million passengers by 2023.
Forget using your data, Dubai Airports has invested in 6,000 new Wi-Fi access points and enhanced the bandwidth capacity to the point it could power a small city. An estimated 83 million passengers passed through both airports last year and from now on every passenger can go online for free, for as long as they want, while they wait for their flights.