Virtual borders could soon be at all Dubai airports

Latest project targets zero human contact at Dubai’s borders

Dubai is aspiring to create a completely, 100 percent virtual border at its airports, it has been announced.

Major General Obaid Mehayer bin Suroor Alhameeri, deputy director-general of Dubai’s Directorate General for Residency & Foreign Affairs said the emirate is looking to create and implement an entirely virtual border, where there is no need for human contact in the airport experience.

DXB is known for its brilliant tech ambitions, like free video streaming, mobile passports, facial recognition and even sleeping pods in the departure lounge, on top of the world’s fastest free airport wi-fi.

Now, Dubai is seeking a tight balance between security, speed and quality of service at its airports, including DXB and Al Maktoum International, so that 2020’s expected passenger footfall of 124 million passengers can be managed without huge crowds and queues.

To help set the foundation, DXB has been trialling an automated pre-clearance service, which Alhameeri said has gone a long way towards helping the airport and its staff appropriately deal with the added pressure of increasing passengers, while reducing waiting times for passengers.

“We need to find alternative ways to handle border security procedures where speedier transactions are a priority,” he said.

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