Dubai International Airport is now the world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers. The authorities perform one million security checks every day and are in the process of selecting technology companies to provide and implement the newest technology.
Dubai airports keep very high standard in security, measuring up to international standards and deploy the best technology and human resources to handle over 250,000 passengers per day, said Major General Pilot Ahmad bin Thani, Assistant Commander for Seaports and Airport Affairs at Dubai Police, in an exclusive interview with Via Dubai.
“Dubai International Airport is now the world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers. In future, we will put in place the latest technology to handle more than 100 million passengers a year by 2020. In fact, we are in the process of selecting technology companies to provide and implement the newest technology ,” he told Via Dubai in an exclusive interview.
The numbers are mindboggling: We handle every day about 250,000 passengers and 100,000 baggages through Terminal 3 alone. It’s much more through the other terminals. He revealed that, in all, Dubai performs one million security checks every day, including passengers, staff and bags, to ensure safety and security.
The new challenge is how to keep pace with the growing number of passengers and 100 per cent safety.
It is also challenging to ensure safety and security as well as faster delivery to passengers, airlines and cargo handlers.
“We are confident and capable that we can ensure 100 per cent security with the adoption of the latest technology and trained personnel,” he added.
“We understand the importance of security and therefore doing everything to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for passengers and security to airlines operating to and from Dubai,” he said.
He said that systems such as the e-gate, facial recognition and advanced baggage screening make security checks “easier and quicker”.
The tremendous increase in passenger numbers has necessitated the need to do more and more passenger inspections.
We have successfully implemented a new system in Terminal 3, followed by other terminals as well as at the Al Maktoum International Airport.
“Already a centralised surveillance system is in place to check all bags (checked-in baggage) faster and thoroughly. And we are in the process of implementing a system to
check the hand baggage as well. We are discussing with a few companies for bringing in the best technology to check hand baggage faster,” he said.
“We want the best technology and we do not want to compromise on safety and security and there is no limit for investments to install the best technology and processes because security is the top priority for us,” he added.
As well as the latest technology, trained personnel are key to keep the airport secure.
I am glad to say that our employees are well trained in their respective fields.
We have a training centre approved by the ICAO to offer the latest training courses. In fact, the ICAO has given the highest score to our training centres when an ICAO delegation visited,” he said.
For cargo handlers, we are planning to sign agreements with trusted companies to bring in world class systems. The plan is to avoid crowding of cargo shipments at the airports which hampers thorough security checks.
By next year, we will have a new system to streamline cargo movements to the airports after all security checks are completed outside the Cargo Village, in the premises of the approved cargo handlers and approvals from the GCAA. This will lessen the burden on the police as well as speed up the loading onto the aircraft.
Al Thani revealed that Dubai Police will implement a novel electronic fencing around the airports which will enable the law enforcement agencies to have a constant surveillance.