Dubai Customs dealt with 21 million items of luggage for 11.8 passengers on board 89,000 flights arriving into Dubai International Airport in the first half of 2019.
Dubai Customs inspection officers also thwarted a number of drug smuggling attempts including a seizures of 1,129kg of cocaine, 554 tramadol pills, 199 grams of cannabis, and 16,800 e-cigarettes.
During an airport tour, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director general of Dubai Customs, said he was very happy to be part of the success of Dubai International Airport, the first airport worldwide to have automated customs procedures.
Musabih added that there are challenges facing customs authorities, especially in cities like Dubai which has invested billions to get the infrastructure of its ports and airports to a very advanced world class level.
“We keep innovating to help passengers visiting Dubai have a pleasant experience and to save them time and effort. For example, we have recently rolled out 'ideclare' application which enables passengers to Dubai declare their belongings if needed in only 5 minutes, rather than 45 minutes,” Musabih said.
He also revealed that the passenger operations department made 928 seizures during the first half of 2019.