UAE Wallet‭ ‬

The launch of the world’s first-of-its-kind UAE Wallet app is another‭ ‬remarkable achievement which will greatly enhance passenger experience‭. ‬

The project‭ ‬was recently launched in cooperation between the office of Lt‭ ‬General‮ ‬Dahi Khalfan Tamim‭, ‬Deputy Chairman of Police and Public‭ ‬Security in Dubai‭, ‬Emirates Airline and the General Directorate of‭ ‬Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai‭ (‬GDRFA Dubai‭).‬

With the‭ ‬launch of this facility‭, ‬Dubai has taken another leap toward‭ ‬achieving its long‭- ‬term vision of the next generation smart‭ ‬borders project‭, ‬which will transform procedures and systems for travelers‭ ‬passing through the airports‭.‬

After registering on the UAE Wallet‭ ‬app‭, ‬the users can present the required travel machine readable‭ ‬barcodes generated within UAE Wallet app to access airport electronic‭ ‬gates‭. ‬The UAE Wallet‭, ‬in the initial phase‭, ‬will contain‭ ‬the personal ID‭, ‬passport details‭, ‬and smart gate card data‭ ‬of the traveller and will later link data of UAE‭ ‬nationals and residents into the wallet so people don’t‭ ‬need to show their documents when transacting in any government‭ ‬department‭. ‬

Dubai International Airport is the first airport in the‭ ‬world to adopt this intelligent system that allows the traveler‭ ‬to use Smart phone at smart travel gates‭, ‬instead of‭ ‬a passport‭, ‬helping him to complete the procedures within seconds‭. ‬

The UAE Wallet Project delivers an electronic repository for UAE‭ ‬nationals‭, ‬and residents‭. ‬It stores personal official documents including scanned‭ ‬and electronic copies of identity documents‭, ‬passport copy‭, ‬personal image‭ ‬of customers and their dependents‭. ‬

Registered users can also view‭ ‬information of passport‭, ‬residence visa‭, ‬and Emirates ID documents‭, ‬belonging‭ ‬to them and their dependents‭. ‬This includes the ability to‭ ‬check the validity of the documents‭. ‬

The development in the‭ ‬industry of ports and borders‭, ‬has been remarkable particularly as‭ ‬it works on two aspects‭, ‬firstly strengthening the security measures‭ ‬to address the increasing security risks and challenges‭; ‬and secondly‭, ‬speedy completion of procedures for travellers to enhance their travel‭ ‬experience‭.‬

With passenger numbers worldwide set to increase from numbers‭ ‬of 3.4‭ ‬billion in 2016‭ ‬to more than 7‭ ‬billion‭ ‬passengers by 2032‭, ‬according to IATA’s expectations‭, ‬the industry‭ ‬faces further challenges to maintain security particularly the risks to‭ ‬cyber security‭. ‬

Our efforts and initiatives in the present will‭ ‬help us reach the future that the UAE government wants‭ ‬us to reach in terms of being the best country‭ ‬in the field of borders‭, ‬both in terms of our‭ ‬systems and procedures as well as our people who work‭ ‬in this industry and through their professionalism and friendly approach‭, ‬contribute to enhancing passenger experience‭. ‬

- Obaid Moheir bin Suroor

Deputy Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai

Major General Obaid Moheir bin Suroor, Deputy Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai  

Major General Obaid Moheir bin Suroor, Deputy Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai