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Dusting off the Emirates ID card

Can't wait for some extra functionality on my Emirates ID Card

The Emirates Identity Authority is 'keen' on making its ID cards more functional.

May 16, 2013 5:57 by

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the day when the Emirates ID card might finally be put to good use.

Since we’ve written about the card possibly a thousand times (here, here, here and here), it’s been called all sorts of names; one of the more positive ones being ‘wallet-stiffener’.

But the day when it will require a more prominent position in our wallet is drawing closer – some time in 2015, we’re led to believe.

According to a report by The National, not only is the Emirates Identity Authority currently ‘in talks’ with the Central Bank of the UAE to enable financial transactions on the card, but the government body is ‘keen’ to give the ID card a bit more functionality than a mere form of authentication.

Kipp feels relatively comfortable speaking for the majority of the population when we say we are just as keen, if not more so.

Currently, the authority is working with banks, telecom companies and other private and public sector entities to eventually maximise the use of the chip, for both the aforementioned entities, and residents.

“The trends show that the cards and payment industry is going more towards convergence, interoperability and integration,” said Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, the director general of the EIA at the Cards Middle East exhibition in Dubai.

The paper’s report further notes that the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Islamic Bank and Al Hilal Bank are already using the card for some of their services – including opening new accounts and registering for loans. However, Al Hilal is also experimenting with the possibility of using it as a pre-paid credit card.

“There is so much dependency on paper verification. We have to create a paradigm shift in the mindset of the government and government organisations to take this card and enable new and interesting initiatives,” added Mr Al Khouri.

We couldn’t agree more.

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  1. Iam All 4 it on May 19, 2013 2:09 pm

    This sounds like an old served over and over. If the adminsitration is willing to do something positive about this document, they could start by making all UAE adminsitrations accept it as a proof for the holder ID. Then they can move in linking it with E-Pass for people using airports. What a wonderfull world it would be. No ques no need to change passports etc… Just a thought

  2. Iam All 4 it on May 19, 2013 4:11 pm

    to complete my comment before. A successful marketing strategy starts with achieving the low hanging fruits. Get some thing with added value to users going before trying to make even more money with new services which could be unwanted. An exemple: do i want to use the ID card as a credit card and have linked to my bank acount with all the security issues that may arise from that? If my banking and other private details are available to any one swipping the card through a machine in Dewa, Empower, RTA, shopping mall or the parking…. hum!?
    Authorities should assure users that security is not an issue first, that the purpose is service to make citizen life easy. For the moment ID card is only bad dreams for many and only valid for short time. Will my bank account get blocked when ID card is due to renew? wow. I btter stop thinking


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