You can now get through passport control in mere seconds

Travelling through Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 is about to become an increasingly more pleasant experience thanks to the installation of 18 new smart gates.

Similar to those found in Terminals 1 and 3, the new gates allow passengers to pass through passport control in mere seconds, simply by scanning their Emirates ID, a valid biometric passport or a smartphone with the UAE Wallet app downloaded on it.

10 gates have been fitted in the terminal arrival area, with the remaining eight located in the departure area. According to a report from Gulf News, a senior official at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) said that the whole process – which includes scanning a passengers documents and face – should only take a maximum of 10 seconds.

This is great news as Terminal 2, which is home to Fly Dubai and other low-cost airlines, is well known for having lengthy queues at passport control. Hopefully these new smart gates should make that a thing of the past.

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