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Dubai installs state-of-the-art vehicle X-ray scanning system


Dubai Customs has equipped the Jebel Ali & Tecom Customs Center with a world-first advanced system to inspect heavy and light vehicles, equipment and yachts through X-ray scanning.

The system doubles the center’s inspection operations and speeds up procedures, supporting the smooth flow of commerce and trade and enhancing Jebel Ali Port’s position as the largest port in the Middle East and one of the most important ports in the world.

Tailored to meet Dubai Customs requirements, the system can scan vehicles and heavy equipment up to a size of 5.9m x 5.5m. The system operates in two modes: stationary (gantry) mode, where the vehicle is stationary, and mobile mode, where the vehicle is scanned as it passes the device.

radioactive material

The system can detect and identify radioactive substances, determine their location, identify customs declarations by container number, and remotely control image analysis. The development is in line with Dubai’s economic agenda D33, which aims to keep pace with the rapid growth of the Dubai economy.

Ahmed Mahboub Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs and CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zones Company, affirmed that Dubai Customs is actively participating in Dubai’s journey to become one of the fastest growing cities in the world and one of the top three economic cities, in line with The economic agenda launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

He emphasized that the advanced system specially designed for Dubai Customs will greatly support business operations by increasing capacity and speeding up the inspection of heavy and light vehicles and large equipment used in various construction and industrial sectors.

enhanced security

Eng Adel Al Suwaidi, Director of Technical Support at Dubai Customs, said: “The advanced system enhances safe operations in the UAE and Dubai, protecting society by adopting best technical practices, strengthening border controls and developing supportive installations and equipment.

“This ensures that Dubai remains one of the safest cities in the world. The acquisition of this unique system is an affirmation for Dubai Customs, given their superior capabilities in detecting the contents of vehicles, containers and heavy equipment, as well as identifying prohibited and restricted materials. An important step forward in our strategy for a world-leading secure customs business.”

He emphasized that the customs spare no effort to provide the latest and best inspection technology and systems, and attaches great importance to protecting society and maintaining safety, which is the core of customs operations.


Rashed Saif Al Suwaidi, Acting Director of Maritime Customs Center Management, confirmed that the Maritime Customs Center and all affiliated centers are working in line with Dubai Customs’ 2021-2026 strategy to strengthen our position at the forefront of global customs innovation. He noted that Jebel Ali Port’s management is stepping up efforts and working closely with strategic partners to enhance Dubai’s status as a global international trade hub and a vital link between East and West. It also aims to maximize Jebel Ali Port’s role in supply chain, logistics and services.

In the past year, Jebel Ali Customs Center and DP World completed 208,900 commercial cargo inspection operations and successfully executed 326 customs seizures. The center’s team continues to improve performance in a sustainable manner to achieve the leadership’s vision to make Dubai a leading city for trade and investment. — trade arab news agency


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