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Electronic card now mandatory for expatriates

posted on 07/07/2004: 944 views

The Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has made it mandatory for every expatriate applying for residence visas for his/ her dependants be them spouse, children or other family members, to obtain an e-card, the electronic card that allows users of Dubai International Airport to enter and exit through the electronic gate (e-gate) in just five seconds without passing through the immigration counters.

This was announced last Tuesday by Colonel Ali Bu Jasseim, Deputy Director of DNRD, on the occasion of opening a new registration office for issuing the e-gate cards at Jebel Ali Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, according to reports in the UAE's dailies.

He advised all the applicants for residence visas for their family members whom they are sponsoring to approach any e-cards registration office and obtain the cards before applying for the visa. He said that they can obtain the e-cards anytime at any of the registration centres, which increased to five with the opening of the Jebel Ali one.

He added that the department has issued to date around 50,000 e-cards and is hoping that the number will double by the end of the year and will represent around 10 per cent of the total number of passengers at the Dubai International Airport. "In three years around 50 per cent of the airport users will be holders of e-cards," said Col. Bu Jasseim. He said that the number of beneficiaries from this unique service is increasing on monthly basis as it jumped from 1,900 users in March, to 2,000 in April, 4,000 in May and 6,000 in June.

"The e-cards are being used on daily average by 700 to 800 incoming and outgoing passengers of all nationalities with the British and Indians topping the list with around 250 users daily, followed by Lebanese around 150, while the e-card holders from the Arab Gulf countries are fewer with only between 30 to 40 UAE national users every day and an equal number of Qataris," said Col. Bu Jasseim. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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