By Sarah Gain
Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department (DNRD) forms a working committee to help establish IT connectivity between London’s Heathrow Airport and Dubai International Airport.
Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has announced the forming of a working committee to study the possibility of IT connectivity between Dubai International Airport and London’s Heathrow Airport. The announcement was made the eighteenth edition of the Simplifying Passenger Travel Interest Group (SPTIG) Conference, a worldwide event concerned with the development of air transport systems as a whole, the implementation of industry standards and introduction of advanced technology.
The newly formed working committee will include representatives from Dubai Customs, Dubai Civil Aviation, Emirates Airlines, DNRD and Dubai Police. The findings of the study conducted by the working committee will be presented to the concerned authorities to take necessary follow-up measures.
During the three-day SPTIG Conference, which focused primarily on measures to simplify the process of air travel in the UAE, DNRD also discussed the feasibility of using the eGate system to enter the United Kingdom. The SPTIG Conference the first of its kind to be held in the Middle East and was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the director of the civil aviation authority and president of Emirates Group.
“The main focus of the conference was to exchange views and ideas with participants to make sure that air travellers in the region were provided with the best possible services during the course of their journey,” says Brigadier Saeed Matar Bin Beleilah, director of the DNRD.
Brigadier Bin Beleilah says that the DNRD has been committed to supporting the major inflow of tourists to Dubai from all over the world, ensuring maximum convenience for air passengers going through routine procedures at airports. “Our aim to provide IT connectivity between UAE ports of entry and the Heathrow Airport is the first step towards establishing better coordination between various airports of the world, which will in turn help in simplifying passenger air travel,” he adds.
DNRD is planning to extend the scope of its eGate service by linking it with the eGate system in the UK. If this proves successful in the UK, the service will gradually be extended to other countries. The use of eGate technology would ensure that passengers do not queue up at the immigration counters at the airport to get their passports stamped with entry or exit stamps.
Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Lootah, assistant director of the DNRD’s IT and total quality management departments says the DNRD has been striving to adopt the most up-to-date IT solutions to promote its services to clients in the UAE, and that this has helped in positioning UAE as a leading business and tourist destination in the region.
“DNRD is keen on making the department one of the most technologically advanced in the world,” he says. “Hosting the SPTIG Conference in Dubai has enabled us to exchange expertise, while facilitating the adoption of latest technologies, in line with those used in developed countries.”