2017 in review: UAE invests in inclusive growth

The launch of the Food Bank, smart governance initiatives, proactive diplomacy and a continuing support for arts and culture marked an eventful year for the UAE. The Arab Reading Challenge and the Global Teacher Award were huge successes. Dubai Airports introduced smart gates to ease passenger convenience while the Dubai Fitness Challenge made exercise an integral part of residents’ lives. Here’s a look at some of the milestones last year

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06:03 December 31, 2017
Smart Gates
Right: Dubai Airports installed 120 smart gates at all its terminals by November, with more than 4.5 million passengers using them since January. Equipped with face-recognition software, the smart gates let travellers with approved biometric, electronic passports and residents with Emirates ID cards bypass passport control.
Image by: Zarina Fernandes/ Gulf News
Compiled by: Shreeja Nair, Senior Web Editor