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UAE identity cards for all by year-end

posted on 01/04/2001: 759 views


Immigration and residence authorities are studying measures and mechanism for launching the national identity card scheme by the year-end deadline. The card, to be issued to nationals and expatriates, will carry a national number which will help the authorities to easily ascertain the identity of the holder and speed up transactions. The card would be recognised as a valid identification document by all local and federal government departments. People will no longer have to show their driving licence, passport or any other document as a proof of their identity whenever required.



The idea is to reduce hassles, like attaching photocopies of passport or other papers while submitting documents to government departments for some transactions. The directorate had already taken steps for issuing the identity cards, and was committed to meeting the deadline set by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Defence Minister of the UAE. Authorities in the UAE have been taking serious steps to crack down on illegal immigrants, particularly those entering the country through illegal ways. As a result, a large number of illegal aliens attempting to enter the UAE by sea have been arrested in recent months. (The Khaleej Times)

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