Dubai: General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) will install 40 Smart e-Gates across Dubai terminals to ease passenger entry and exit.

The system, equipped with retinal scan using a high-accuracy camera, will eliminate the need for the eye scan and e-Gate card currently issued by the GDRFA.

The new technology paves the way for a faster and more efficient movement of the growing number of passengers into and out of the world’s fourth busiest airport for international passengers.

The announcement was made during Dubai Gitex Technlogy Week. “Forty new Smart e-Gate system will be installed across all Dubai International’s immigration entry and exit points is easy to use, fast and efficient, Captain Khalid Al Filasi, Acting Director-General of the Information Technology Department at the GDRFA, told Gulf News.

“Passengers across Dubai terminals will finalise their entry or exit procedures within four seconds.”

“The Smart e-gate is one stop shop that allows a faster and more convenient movement of the growing number of passengers through Dubai airports,” he added.


What is really required is just the scanning of the passport while the device will automatically read and compare the information with the backup installed data then face recognition together with the passport data will be saved automatically, he said.

With this new technology, there is no need for prior user registration with the GDRFA, which is the case with the existing e-Gate card.

All holders of modern passports with barcodes that can be read by the e-reader, can use the e-Gate, including children above the age of seven.

Passengers who hold passports without e-readable barcodes can use the existing e-Gates or the conventional immigration counters to complete their entry or exit process.