|10 October, 2018

Travel through Dubai airports without passports

A pilot phase of Smart Tunnel was launched at Dubai Airports' Terminal 3

Image used for illustrative purpose. People walking in a spacious lobby at Dubai airport.

Image used for illustrative purpose. People walking in a spacious lobby at Dubai airport.

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Now, first and business class travellers will not need passports to get through Dubai International Airports.

On Wednesday, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai launched the pilot phase of Smart Tunnel at Dubai Airports' Terminal 3 to enable passengers to finish passport control procedures in 15 seconds.

All travellers have to do is simply walk through the biometric recognition system without having to stamp their passports.


The tunnel works on face recognition technology and the passenger can finish entry procedure within 15 seconds without the need for human intervention.

Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director of GDRFA, said the project is in its trial phase until it's officially launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

He added the project, considered the first of its kind in the world, was tested before being introduced at the airport.

Al Merri confirmed that more smart projects are ahead to be implemented to enhance fast and smart travelling experience.

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