Dubai Is Going to Turn Smartphones into Passports


Dubai International Airport has launched a new hi-tech scheme enabling passengers to use their smart phones instead of their passports. The so called “Emirates Smart Wallet” is meant to further travel movement across Dubai International Airport and is considered to be the very first of its kind in the world. Passengers will only need to use the smartphone at the smart gates and scan their fingerprint.

The scheme was launched at the airport’s departure terminal by Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's deputy Chief of Police and Public Security, and Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, head of Dubai’s Naturalisation and Residency Department.

The first phase of the scheme incorporates traveller personal data, Emirates ID and passport information and the e-gate card data. The new app is expected to reduce outbound clearance time to between 9 and 12 seconds per passenger.

The initiative aims to improve traveller experience focusing on innovative and practical solutions that will be based on the “6s” - Smart, Speed, Saving, Service, Safety, Security.

The app is already available for iOS users only.

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