Dubai set to welcome record high passenger traffic this summer

Dubai is expecting a record high in passenger traffic this summer. Passenger traffic this year is expected to surpass last year’s numbers when Dubai Airports welcomed more than 22.4 million passengers from July to August. Jamal Al Hai, Deputy CEO, Dubai Airports, told Via Dubai: “We are expecting a record high in passenger numbers this summer. And the passengers who use Dubai Airports will get an unmatchable experience thanks to the use of latest technology and new initiatives at Dubai Airports, with which passport control procedures can be completed within a few seconds only, waiting time is less than five minutes for 84 per cent of them and a wide range of exciting entertainment options, world-class restaurants, shopping and many other facilities to make their airport experience worth remembering. ” Dubai International is the world’s number one airport for international passengers and received 83.6 million passengers in 2016, recording a 7.2 per cent growth over the previous year. Passenger traffic in July last year was 14 per cent higher compared to previous year and Dubai Airports welcomed over 22.4 million people from July to September. Less than five minutes wait time for majority passengers Passenger wait times at Dubai International (DXB) dropped by as much as ten per cent during the first quarter of 2017 thanks to the implementation of new technologies at the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic. More than 84 per cent of transfer passengers were processed within 5 minutes, 68 per cent of arrival passengers were processed within 15 minutes, and 87 per cent of departing passengers were processed within ten minutes, during the first quarter. The first technology driving down transaction times and queues at immigration check points is Smart Gates. Smart Gates, and specifically a new service that enables the use of Emirates ID cards to pass through automated immigration gates at DXB, has pushed down transaction times to an average of 10 to 15 seconds per passenger.
Since its introduction last year over 1.3 million UAE users have taken advantage of the service. Launched last year by GDRFA, Emirates Identity Authority and Dubai Airports, the system can quickly, accurately and efficiently confirm the identity, travel plans and eligibility of UAE residents to enter and depart the country. Completely free of charge and requiring no pre-registration, the service is available on some 120 Smart Gates across DXB and makes passing through immigration fast and convenient for all UAE residents. The second technology behind shorter wait times is a sophisticated motion sensor system that allows the airport to track queues in real time. The system consists of a series of 530 sensors that have been installed at crucial passenger processing areas in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 at DXB. The sensors track the movement of people, collecting and computing valuable data like passenger wait times and queue lengths, and based on those factors, calculating the prevailing level of service. The data is conveyed via a simple mobile application in use by more than 5,000 operational staff across Dubai Airports, airlines, control authorities working at the airport. The mobile application alerts all teams in real time and allows Dubai Airports operational staff to quickly identify bottlenecks and facilitate the deployment of resources to address them. Terminal 2 implementation is slated to take place during 2017. Both technologies support Dubai Airports’ DXB Plus programme designed to improve service while increasing capacity to 118 million passengers at DXB by 2018. UAE Wallet App Passengers departing from Dubai International Airport can now use their smart phones instead of passports at the smart gates and pass through electronic gates within 9 to 12 seconds with the launch of a new UAE Wallet. The project was launched by Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of police and public security in Dubai and Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Marri, Director-General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA Dubai), cooperation with Emirates Airline at the Dubai International Airport recently. The UAE Wallet in line with the UAE vision 2021 and the directions of the wise leadership to provide easy and fast government services for all customers. Using the UAE Wallet passengers will be able to complete the departure procedures within 9 to 15 seconds by only scanning their barcode. Live entertainment, world class restaurants, competitions To help travellers make the most of their holidays, Dubai Airports and Emirates Leisure Retail launched a joint initiative Early Birds Have More Fun which offers heavy discounts at a range of world class restaurants, as well as live entertainment and competitions for all the family. Passengers can make use of the Early Birds offers by downloading them from www.earlybirdshavemorefun.com. Over the peak summer travel period, the airport will also feature live performances as part of Dubai Airports’ ongoing musicDXB initiative. 

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