I came through Dubai on the 8th Feb and for the first time ever there was a temporary set up of tables in the boarding lounge and passengers coming down from the gate after being registered as 'on the flight', and the ticket tab removed went through an additional bag search and all the liquids were removed and disposed of before walking down the airbridge. The search was a bit perfunctory as most have their bottled water on the top of the carry on and the security staff never really delved deeply but just asked how much water. Alcohol in duty free bags went into a baggage container for collection on arrival.
I've never seen such a mound of bottled water anywhere as usually once through security you buy in the transit area and take it on board. Going over, and incidentally at the same gate - it didn't happen