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Elon Musk praises Zayed International Airport’s tech edge, calls for US to “catch up”

Posted by main.admin on July 5, 2024
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Musk recently commended Zayed International Airport in Abu Dhabi for its cutting-edge technological advancements, particularly highlighting the implementation of facial recognition technology for streamlined flight check-ins. Musk’s praise, conveyed via X (formerly Twitter), underscored his belief that the United States should strive to “catch up” with such innovations in airport technology.

Formerly known as Abu Dhabi International Airport, Zayed International Airport inaugurated its new Terminal A in November, renamed in honor of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s revered founding father. This renaming reflects the UAE’s strategic commitment to becoming a leading global hub for technology and aviation. The state-of-the-art Terminal A introduces self-service desks equipped with advanced facial recognition technology. This innovation allows passengers who have completed online check-ins to navigate seamlessly from the terminal curb to their gates in as little as 12 minutes, marking a significant enhancement in efficiency and passenger experience.

Spanning an impressive 742,000 square meters, Terminal A is designed to handle up to 11,000 passengers per hour and accommodate 79 aircraft simultaneously. Beyond its vast scale, the terminal boasts 163 food, beverage, and retail outlets, offering passengers a diverse array of amenities to enhance their journey.

Elon Musk praises Zayed International Airport’s tech edge, calls for US to “catch up”

Looking forward, Zayed International Airport aims to expand its capacity to serve 65 million passengers annually over the next decade, cementing its role as a pivotal player in shaping the future of air travel in the region and globally. This ambitious growth plan underscores the airport’s commitment to setting new standards in efficiency, technology integration, and passenger satisfaction within the aviation industry.

 

Reference: Arabian Business

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