Dubai intercepts 503 fake passports during H1

New advanced passport-reading and biometric technology is helping the emirate’s airports more easily detect forged documents
Dubai intercepts 503 fake passports during H1
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By Staff writer
Thu 04 Aug 2016 01:46 PM

More than 500 fake passports were seized at Dubai airports in the first half of this year, according to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

The 503 forged documents were detected by new technology called the Expertise Centre Identity and Fraud Documents (ECIFD) system, Gulf News reported.

GDRFA director-general Major General Mohammad Al Merri reportedly said the high-tech passport-reading and biometrics technology systems easily detected fake identity documents.

Dubai is the busiest international airport in the world, with about 77 million passengers in 2015. The emirate’s second airport, Al Maktoum, is planned to be the largest in the world, with full capacity of 160 million and potentially as much as 200 million.

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