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50 percent of expats have, or are getting, ID

50 percent of expats have, or are getting, ID

The December deadline for the national ID card has been scrapped, but the card is becoming essential to everyday life in the Emirate.

September 29, 2010 3:09 by

A matching percentage (9 percent) said they won’t remain in the UAE long enough for it to be an issue, and almost as many (8 percent) don’t believe the government will go through with the scheme. The remaining 20 percent are hedging their bets; they’re waiting until they are absolutely forced to go and get a card.

Well, that may happen sooner than they plan. Accord to Khaleej Times, the cards are also a necessity to purchase Etisalat or Du phone packages. “Khaleej Times on a visit to many electronic retailers confirmed the development and the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) is pleased with the progress in its strategy,” said the paper. Apparently customers trying to buy mobile phone packages, even with a passport, are told they need to provide a national ID card.

So, for that 9 percent of readers who don’t know how and where to get a card, Gulf News has created a handy guide. To start you off, they say, “You need to pre-register with any of the Eida-accredited typing centres across the UAE ( with your original passport and visa page. There are over 100 centres across the UAE. Expatriate residents pay Dh100 for every year of visa validity, while Emiratis pay Dh100, valid for five years. Typing centres are authorised to charge Dh70 for services, including typing, courier and other miscellaneous charges. If your visa is valid for three years, the total fee is Dh370.”

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  1. Basel A-Shaban on September 30, 2010 4:22 am

    A good and a smart move.

  2. Andrew on September 30, 2010 11:12 am

    The appointment system (at least in Abu Dhabi) no longer works – you’re expected to queue and wait indefinitely. Err no thanks, I have work to do?


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