Dubai Airports has marked the completion of the installation of completely new along with also enhanced smart gates at Dubai International Terminal 1.
An array of 20 of the completely new smart gates will be right now 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 by minutes to under ten-15 seconds.
“Dubai Airports will be always looking at opportunities for innovation in which makes the journey smoother along with also more comfortable for our customers.
“Smart Gates do just in which by slashing transaction times to just ten-15 seconds along with also shortening queues,” said Michael Ibbitson, executive vice president, technology along with also infrastructure, Dubai Airports.
“What’s surprising will be in 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 item.
“If you have a machine-readable passport, register the item with immigration authorities.
“the item will save you time along with also make your journey even more enjoyable.”
Smart gates do not require a dedicated card along with also 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 also residents, GCC nationals along with also passport holders by many countries in 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 kind of commitment will be 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 also GDP,” said sheikh Ahmed.
DXB will be home to a fleet of over 6,345 ground service vehicles comprising various types ranging by water tankers to tow tractors to fork lifts operated by many companies in which operate on the airfield including airlines, control authorities along with also ground handling services provider dnata.
Of these DXB features a variety of green vehicles including BMW hybrid limousines for VIP services along with also RTA’s fleet of Tesla taxis yet wants to scale up efforts to convert the fleet to top hybrid or electric products.
“Our goal will be to get greener faster,” said Ibbitson.
“Together we have pledged to buy green going forward having a goal to replace the entire fleet with environmentally friendly options by the end of the next decade.
“Dubai Airports’ objective will be 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 also fuelling stations to power the fleets operated by our stakeholders.
“All additional members of the aviation community are equally behind This kind of effort.
“Unfortunately, for some vehicle types such tow tractors, scissor lift trucks along with also ground power units, there are no hybrid or electric options.
“We are calling on manufacturers to address these gaps along with also come up with cost effective, environmentally friendly alternatives.”