As part of an extensive investment in the latest groundbreaking technologies, Emirates will employ a team of multilingual robots to assist with passenger check-ins at Dubai’s International Airport. The new additions to the Emirates workforce will reduce wait times and help to funnel more travelers through the world’s busiest international airport hub.
Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ chief operations officer, confirmed that the airline would roll out the domestically-designed check-in robots in two months, with more than 200 units eventually planned for service.
“We are the first airline globally that has introduced — or plans to introduce — portable check-in robotics. A robot that can complete all your check-in processes, including issuing a boarding card that will be sent to your registered number or email, and facial recognition by scanning your passport,” said Al Redha.
Al Redha noted that the robot employees wouldn’t force passengers to present their documentation for a second time after passing through passport control. Instead, they would be used in transfer and transit halls in cases of disruption or flight changes.
Taking things a step further, the robots will also be able to connect with immigration authorities to determine whether travelers are authorized to enter the country, and using biometric identification at the airport, the digital assistants will also be able to complete speedy check-in and booking services, and even accept baggage.
Yalla!Hub Forms New Partnership With WEE Marketplace
The collaboration will accelerate e-commerce digitalization and allow for speedy deliveries across the Gulf countries.
After raising $6 million to expand into Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Yalla!Hub is now set to collaborate with WEE to facilitate the sale of products through both YallaMarket and the WEE marketplace. The companies plan to enhance the GCC e-commerce market using a range of innovative solutions for sales and delivery, presenting new opportunities for Emirati-based and foreign suppliers.
“This collaboration with WEE Marketplace signifies a major step forward in our mission to revolutionize e-commerce through digitalization in the UAE and GCC, making market entry and operations smoother both for customers and businesses. With this partnership, we’re able to extend the reach of brands to a wider audience,” explained Leo Dovbenko, CEO of Yalla!Hub.
Meanwhile, new partner WEE is uniquely positioned in the UAE and already well known for fast delivery services. The company’s WEE Marketplace will soon feature goods from Yalla!Hub on their platform, empowering Dubai shoppers with 1-hour delivery windows and a next-day service across the rest of the Emirates.
“WEE Marketplace and Yalla!Hub are absolute leaders of the UAE fast e-commerce market, and this partnership opens new horizons for brands, allowing them to enter at once both platforms. We choose the brands very carefully, aiming to give the best products to our customers,” said Anastasia Kim, CEO and co-founder of WEE marketplace.
The Emirati e-commerce market has now reached a value of nearly $13 billion and is expected to grow to $20 billion by 2027. Express deliveries account for 5.5% of total merchandise turnover, which currently stands at around $700 million. Among the express delivery categories, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, flowers, and groceries lead the way.