UAE denies discrimination at airports

September 4th, 2008 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Sep 4 (IANS) An official in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) foreign ministry has said that no discrimination is shown against any particular nationality at the country’s various airports.The official, who was not named, explained that the procedures followed at the airports use state-of-the-art systems for security check, and all passengers, irrespective of their citizenship, have to pass through these procedures, according to the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The official’s comments came following a recent statement by the Iranian foreign ministry accusing UAE of discriminating against Iranian travellers at this Gulf nation’s airports.

The UAE official said that airports in the country were equipped with the most modern security systems conforming to the highest standards. These include the iris scanning, which is mandatory on every passenger entering on a new visa, irrespective of his citizenship.

He added that the airport personnel were trained to conduct their duties in an errorless way.

Expressing surprise at the general remarks of the Iranian government without specifying any particular incident, the official said that the authorities concerned were prepared to look into any grievance if put up by a passenger, as the authorities here were always keen to ensure every passenger had a comfortable journey.

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