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As per Riyadh Airport’s official tweet, Wego reports that the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, known as one of the world’s largest airports, has inaugurated e-gates at Terminals 3 and 4. This pioneering initiative marks the airport as the first in Saudi Arabia to offer this service to its passengers. The Kingdom anticipates that this enhancement will significantly streamline passenger travel procedures and provide a seamless experience for global travelers.


The General Directorate of Passports initiated the first phase of these biometric e-passport scanners at Terminals 3 and 4 of the airport on Tuesday. This landmark event was attended by distinguished dignitaries, including Abdullah bin Sharaf Alghamdi, President of the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA), and Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Duailej, President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).

The event was also graced by the esteemed presence of Sulaiman bin Abdulaziz Al-Yahya, Director General of the General Directorate of Passports, and Esam Abdullah Alwagait, Director of the National Information Center (NIC).

Al-Yahya emphasized that the introduction of e-gates at King Khalid International Airport aims to enable travelers to complete their travel formalities independently, eliminating the need for human intervention.

Furthermore, he underscored that these gates will expedite the process, significantly conserving time and effort for travelers whose biometric data, specifically fingerprints, are registered in the passport systems. This initiative underscores the airport’s commitment to enhancing the travel experience through the integration of efficient and innovative digital solutions.