Smartphones become replacement for passports at Dubai airport

Smartphones become replacement for passports at Dubai airport
Published: 8 June 2017 - 6:30 a.m.

Travellers can now use their smartphones instead of their passport or express gate cards at Dubai International Airport.

Dubbed "Emirates Smart Wallet", the new initiative is meant to further streamline travel movement across Dubai International Airport, and is considered the first of its kind in the world, WAM reported.

The new facility 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.

Launched in its first phase, the scheme, which incorporates traveller personal data, Emirates ID and passport information as well as the e-gate card data, is a stepping stone for a large-scale project to reduce travel clearing procedures to the minimum.

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