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One card to rule them all

One card to rule them all

In an effort to reduce the bureaucratic heartache, the UAE’s Ministry of Interior will merge labor cards, residency permits and the national ID into one card starting from July 2010.


October 13, 2009 2:01 by

Those who’ve already gone through the trouble of applying for national ID cards don’t need to do anything for now; al-Khouri explained that the national ID cards will carry residents’ labor and residency information, although he didn’t specify when.

Al-Khouri also said the integrated card system will give the authorities access to comprehensive information on UAE residents, and may help tackle crime: “This has more to do with serving the public. A major part of serving the public is also protecting them. Once a national database is complete we will make better decisions, offer better services and customize our planning.”

Apparently, the government was also considering consolidating DNA information it plans on getting from residents to help optimize its database, “but we agreed that at this stage we will not be doing that. The vision is to have one prime database,” noted al-Khouri.

What else do they need to tackle crime? Our daily calcium intake?

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  1. Andrew on October 13, 2009 2:54 pm

    They’re not getting the colour of my toilet roll.

  2. Nick on October 14, 2009 8:53 am

    Brilliant graphic! The fingerprint merging into a barcode says it all!

  3. Plum Endemon on October 14, 2009 11:09 am

    I filled out the form for my national ID card about a year ago and am still waiting for the SmartForm and an appointment at one of the Emirates ID Authority services centres …..

    Love the fingerprint graphic by the way.

  4. DeniseTheMenace on October 20, 2009 10:47 am

    @ Andy – Cheer up buddy, The fingers are doing the dirty job for ya, toilet or elsewhere….Let the authorities get to know…..Chill


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