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Saudi Arabia introduces E-gates at key airport to help flyers

12:05 AM | 4 Apr, 2024
Saudi Arabia introduces E-gates at key airport to help flyers

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has introduced the inaugural phase of E-gates at a prominent airport in the country, marking a significant transition towards digitalization of travel and facilitating the passengers.

The initiative launched at Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport is being widely hailed by industry experts as the facility has introduced biometric e-passport scanners aimed to streamline passenger travel procedures.

The Saudi General Directorate of Passports unveiled the service on Tuesday and on the occasion, Lt-Gen. Sulaiman Al Yahya, Chief of the General Directorate of Passports, the E-gates initiative aims to expedite procedures autonomously, leveraging stored biometric data within the passport system.

"E-gates aim to revolutionize travel procedures for citizens, expatriates, and visitors alike, elevating the standard of passport services through the provision of intelligent and efficient digital solutions," Lt-Gen. Al Yahya was quoted as saying during the launch ceremony by the Saudi news agency SPA.

Besides, Abdulaziz Al Duailej, head of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), underscored the significance of the new service introduced at international departure halls 3 and 4, aligning with the aspirations of Saudi Arabia's aviation sector and the objectives outlined in the national aviation strategy.

Saudi Arabia is trying to diversify its revenue stream and is making major changes in the aviation sector besides tweaking its visa regime to help facilitate travelers with ambitions to achieve an annual influx of 330 million air travelers by the year 2030.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 23 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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