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No ID cards for expats, says FNC
The FNC has issued a report recommending that the UAE national ID cards should only be issued to Emiratis. Why couldn’t they have thought of that before?
December 18, 2008 2:37 by Dana El Baltaji
According to a report in ArabianBusiness.com, the Federal National Council (FNC) has recommended that the national ID cards be issued to Emiratis only. The recommendation comes only days after the government postponed the deadline for professional expatriates and government employees from December 31, 2008 to February 28, 2009.
The Emiratis Identity Authority (EIDA) has admitted it needs more time to process cards for the approximately 5 million residents of the UAE.
The FNC said the government should issue labor cards, not national identity cards, to expatriates: “The goal is to have a comprehensive database about those who work in the country,” the committee members wrote in a report. “The ID card should only be given to citizens,” said Mohammed al Zaabi, a member of the FNC.
The FNC is an advisory body that issues and passes recommendations to the cabinet. The cabinet then decides whether to adopt the FNC’s recommendations.
After all the trouble thousands of people have already gone through, after the hours spent waiting in line, dealing with frustrated and under staffed EIDA employees, and after all the money expatriates have paid for applications, why is the FNC coming up with its recommendation now?
What if the cabinet approves the recommendation? Will the government reimburse expatriates who paid for their ID cards?