No Need for Passport, Use Your Face and Clear Dubai Airport Immigration in 5 Seconds

– GDRFA-Dubai launches new fast-track passport control service that uses face and iris-recognition technologies

– New biometric systems deployed at 122 smart gates at arrival and departure terminals in Dubai airports

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) has launched a new fast-track passport control service that uses face and iris-recognition technologies. Director General of GDRFA-Dubai Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Deputy CEO of Dubai Airports Jamal Al Hay, Chief Operating Officer of Emirates Airline Adel Al Redha, Assistant Director General of the Airport Immigration Department at GDRFA-Dubai Colonel Talal Al Shanqeti and several senior officials attended the launch event for the new service.

New biometric systems deployed at 122 smart gates at arrival and departure terminals in Dubai airports enable passengers to complete passport control procedures in five to nine seconds depending on the movement and steps of the passenger. Pre-registration is required to avail of the service.

GDRFA-Dubai organised a tour for media at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 to introduce the new smart service. Outbound passengers can avail of the new fast-track service at the smart gates located at the departure terminal after obtaining their boarding pass and completing pre-registration.

Using advanced artificial intelligence (AI), the new service enhances passengers’ travel experience by expediting immigration procedures. The newly developed system is part of GDRFA-Dubai’s efforts to develop innovative smart services in line with the leadership’s directives to integrate advanced technologies into all government services to enhance people’s quality of life.

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri said GDRFA-Dubai is keen to launch new projects and initiatives that use state-of-the-art technologies to transform service efficiency. He said the department will continue developing its services to enhance customer experience, as part of efforts to contribute to the leadership’s vision to make Dubai one of the smartest cities in the world.

Al Marri noted that GDRFA-Dubai is using biometric systems and artificial intelligence extensively to enrich passengers’ travel experience at airports. The launch of the new service is the culmination of the GDRFA project team’s efforts to use technological advancements to speed up immigration processes and simplify travel procedures.



Dubai is setting another new first for its airport system and services with the launch of a Smart Tunnel which, for now, will not require first and business class passengers to provide their passports to get through at Dubai International Airports. They will only go through a pathway which will recognize their face as they go through passport control.

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The pilot phase of the Smart Tunnel was launched by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai at the Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 last Wednesday (October 10), allowing passengers to complete passport control procedures within 15 seconds.

Dubai Airports Feature New Smart Tunnels Using Face Recognition Technology

With the new system and protocols in trial period, passengers will simply have to go through the biometric recognition system (tunnel) without having to get their passports or even have them stamped in the process.

The smart tunnel utilizes AI technology with a smart facial recognition system which can process entry procedures in 15 seconds without any human intervention in the process.

According to Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director of GDRFA, the project is still on its trial phase until it is fully approved and officially launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Al Merri further explained that prior to introducing the smart tunnel, which is the first of its kind in the world, the project has already been tested and is ready for the purpose of trial deployment at airports.

Video: Face Scanner Smart Tunnel in Dubai

Below is a video clip from Emirates News Agency of this smart face tunnel in Dubai Airport

The smart tunnel is one of the many smart initiatives being developed by Dubai to provide “smart” and world-class travelling experience, shared Al Merri.

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