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Miral’s Yas Island going contactless through FacePass facial recognition

Miral has announced that Yas Island is on track to become a totally contactless destination through facial recognition technology FacePass.

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Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, with offerings including Ferrari WorldYas Waterworld, and Warner Bros World, as well as CLYMB Abu Dhabi.

FacePass uses facial recognition technology to offer an entirely contactless experience. It is being rolled out in phases across Yas Island.

FacePass will streamline the visitor experience, saving time and enhancing safety through touchless interaction amid COVID-19. Yas Island theme parks are the first to adopt the technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, said: “We are thrilled to be pioneering the adoption of the FacePass technology within the regional leisure and entertainment industry, and delivering on our promise of creating a world-class wall-less destination using the latest technology.”

FacePass to streamline visitor experience

“Yas Island theme parks will be the first in the region to implement complete contactless access and payment solutions,” he added.

“This cutting-edge functionality is in line with our digital transformation strategy, and a testament to achieving our vision of positioning Yas Island as a top global destination for entertainment, leisure and business.”

FacePass is made possible via the Yas Island mobile app. It is linked to the destination’s parks and attractions’ ticketing systems and turnstiles. FacePass also enables contactless payment through facial recognition at select retail and dining locations.

FacePass is linked to parks and attractions

Yas Island will integrate the FacePass technology across the entire destination, including access points for residential and communal areas, retail and F&B.

Universal Studios Singapore is also using facial recognition scanners to give guests “more efficient and seamless” entry to the theme park at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

“Facial recognition provides contactless verification of tickets and ticket holders, enabling our customers to enjoy our park experience in a more efficient and seamless manner,” said RWS.

Yas Island’s mobile app can be downloaded via Google and Apple.

Images: Miral

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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