Expats Can Obtain ID
Cards till 2010-end

Meraj Rizvi
Filed on February 23, 2009

ABU DHABI - Expatriates residing in the UAE can obtain their national ID cards until the end of 2010, said Darwish Ahmed Al Zarouni, director-general of the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida).

He, however, pointed out that the nationals can apply for the ID cards until the end of March 2009, failing which a fine of Dh1,000 will be imposed on each individual.

Al Zarouni told Khaleej Times on Sunday that he was aware of the confusion on the ID registration deadline dates, particularly, among the expatriates.

“Deadlines have been wrongly reported by a cross-section of the English and Arabic media in the country. But, once and for all, let me put the record straight, that all non-nationals residing in the UAE have until the end of 2010 to apply for their ID cards,” he said.

Al Zarouni recommended that non-national professional residents working in the private sector, and their family members, register before the February 28 deadline.

He, however, added that if they fail to register, they could do it at their convenience by the end of 2010.

He urged commercial establishments and businesses to ensure that all its employees, both nationals and expatriates, have obtained their ID cards before the expiry of the deadlines.

“If the companies fail to cooperate, there is a possibility that they would be denied access to various important services in the country,” he said, adding,“ it’s a bit too early to comment on the consequences faced by the establishments, if they failed to comply with the rules.”

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