Dubai World Central launches ‘smart city’ entry system.
The new free zone at Al Maktoum International airport has devised a ‘smart’ electronic system to speed up processing of entry permits for local goods.
Dubai World Central’s logistics district this week activated the new system, which is intended to reduce the time taken to issue permits for the entry, storage and exit of local goods to and from the free zone,reported Emirates247.
The initiative is part of a wider commitment by DWC to apply new technological solutions across its districts in line with a government ambition to transform Dubai into a ‘smart city’.
DWC’s Logistics District is the first free zone in Dubai to invest in developing a such a system for transporting goods, Mohsen Ahmad, vice-president of the Logistics District, DWC, reportedly claimed.
He explained that there have historically been difficulties controlling and monitoring the movement of goods into, within and out of the free zone, and that the new system offers “unprecedented smoothness in inventory and monitoring of goods electronically and in issuing entry permits online around the clock”.
“To enter the free zone, customers need only to present the number of the entry permit they get when registering online,” Ahmad added.
Meanwhile Abdullah Mohammed Al Khaja, executive director of Dubai Customs’ clients management division, reportedly said: “The new smart system will provide us with more control over local goods entering the free zone for temporary storage, assembly, distribution or re-export.
“The system will also simplify the process of issuing entry permits, avoiding the possible loss of the necessary documents or entry permits, which used to be issued manually.”
Construction of the $32 billion (Dh117.5 billion) expansion of Al Maktoum International. DWC began at the end of last year.
By Sarah Townsen Sunday, 22 March 2015