Dubai Airports has marked the completion of the installation of completely new along with enhanced smart gates at Dubai International Terminal 1.
An array of 20 of the completely new smart gates is usually today fully operational from the arrivals area, in addition to the ten installed last year in departures.
In total, some 127 smart gates are available across the entire airport reducing average transaction times via minutes to under ten-15 seconds.
“Dubai Airports is usually always looking at opportunities for innovation of which makes the journey smoother along with more comfortable for our customers.
“Smart Gates do just of which by slashing transaction times to just ten-15 seconds along with shortening queues,” said Michael Ibbitson, executive vice president, technology along with infrastructure, Dubai Airports.
“What’s surprising is usually of which only 17 per cent of our passengers take advantage of the service.
“If you have a UAE residency card, don’t wait in line, use the idea.
“If you have a machine-readable passport, register the idea with immigration authorities.
“the idea will save you time along with make your journey even more enjoyable.”
Smart gates do not require a dedicated card along with can identify a traveller by either their passport, Emirates ID, e-gate card or a QR barcode generated via the GDRFA smartphone app.
Smart gates can be used by UAE citizens along with residents, GCC nationals along with passport holders via many countries of which are eligible for visa on arrival.
In total, more than 5.5 million travellers used the smart gates at DXB during 2017.
Dubai Airports also recently joined Dubai’s aviation community in signing a pledge to purchase only ‘green vehicles’ going forward.
The pledge was signed by sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports.
“This specific commitment is usually fully aligned with the Dubai government’s aggressive goals to reduce energy consumption by 30 per cent by 2030 as well as our sector’s strategy to limit our environmental footprint while continuing our significant contributions to Dubai’s employment along with GDP,” said sheikh Ahmed.
DXB is usually home to a fleet of over 6,345 ground service vehicles comprising various types ranging via water tankers to tow tractors to fork lifts operated by many companies of which operate on the airfield including airlines, control authorities along with ground handling services provider dnata.
Of these DXB features a variety of green vehicles including BMW hybrid limousines for VIP services along with RTA’s fleet of Tesla taxis although wants to scale up efforts to convert the fleet to top hybrid or electric products.
“Our goal is usually to get greener faster,” said Ibbitson.
“Together we have pledged to buy green going forward which has a goal to replace the entire fleet with environmentally friendly options by the end of the next decade.
“Dubai Airports’ objective is usually to convert our portion of the total airport fleet – 352 vehicles – to green options by 2023.
“As a provider of infrastructure, Dubai Airports will also do its part by providing charging along with fuelling stations to power the fleets operated by our stakeholders.
“All some other members of the aviation community are equally behind This specific effort.
“Unfortunately, for some vehicle types such tow tractors, scissor lift trucks along with ground power units, there are no hybrid or electric options.
“We are calling on manufacturers to address these gaps along with come up with cost effective, environmentally friendly alternatives.”