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Your smartphone is your Passport at Dubai airport

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Are you Travelling but forgot your passport at the Dubai airport? Don’t Worry, you can still fly as long as you have your smartphone with you.

Departure & Arrival and checks will be done in less than 15 seconds using the app at Dubai airport.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) Dubai start the smart gate which will gradually replace the existing e-gates. And the need for physical identification documents for travelers going in and out of Dubai.

Speaking to Khaleej Times at the Gitex Technology Week in Dubai on Monday, Capt Amer Rashed Almheiri, GDRFA director of smart application department, inform the departure and arrival check will be done in less than 15 seconds by using the Smart UAE Wallet. This is an app which contains all the passport details and smart gate card data of the traveler.

“At present, e-gates at Dubai airport terminals still require an Emirates ID to access the system. But for smart gates, the passenger only has to scan the bar-code on the smart phones to open the smart gate.

Then the passenger will scan his/her fingerprint and the entire process finish in under 15 seconds at Dubai airport,” Almheiri said.

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Emiratis, GCC and UAE residents who use the smart gates will no longer have to queue at the gates. “Once they have clear the immigration check, they can go straight to the boarding gates,” he added.

The smart wallet, which is available to download for free on iTunes and Google Play. This launch in May this year for smoother traveler flow through various check-points at the Dubai airport, Almheiri update.

The GDRFA assure that the application is safe and has security checks. It is very convenient as passengers don’t need to carry their passport and boarding pass. Because all the data registered in the system, including the name, seat number and flight number are linked to the smart wallet.

In the initial phase, all the UAE wallet will gather all the personal ID, passport details and smart gate card data of travelers.

In the second phase, we will link all the data of Emiratis and residents in the wallet. However, people don’t need to show their documents. People can show the bar-code in their phones to share his data and complete the transaction in seconds.

People can download the application from play store, which is safe and secure.

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