EIDA opens new branch at DNRD

DUBAI — The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) yesterday inaugurated its branch at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD).

By Mary Nammour (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Tue 29 Jan 2008, 9:08 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:58 PM

With this new branch, the number of EIDA centres in the UAE have reached 14.

Darwish Zarouni, Director-General of EIDA, cut the ribbon together with Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director of DNRD.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Zarouni said that EIDA had set 2008-end as the deadline for all UAE nationals to acquire the multi-purpose identity cards as per a ruling issued by the Council of Ministers.

The end of 2010 is the deadline for all UAE residents to acquire their ID cards.

“A person who fails to acquire the multi-purpose ID card will be denied access to various services at the government and private departments. The new ID card will be the only approved identification document,” Zarouni noted.

He added: “The EIDA is building a data base of UAE nationals and residents for the execution of the Population Register Project. We call on all the Emiratis to register by early May this year. This will help avoiding possible rush at the registration centres.”

Zarouni said the objective of the new multi-purpose ID system was to facilitate day-to-day life of people. “They can use it for their banking transactions or for other purposes. Besides, it has many other advantages.

“It protects its holder from being impersonated. It is impossible to forge this card which contains a chip having the person’s photo, electronic signature and his/her fingerprint biometrics. The ID card does not, however, substitute the e-gate cards,” he pointed out.

Brig. Al Marri said both sides had been discussing the opening of the branch for nearly one year. “We are mulling a similar branch at the Dubai International Airport,” he said.

The EIDA’s branch at DNRD will be offering its services to the immigration staff initially. It will be open to the public at a later stage. It has four counters, including two for women.

The authority is planning to open branches in Umm al Quwain, Ajman and Fujairah by mid March. Nearly 2,60,000 people already registered with the EIDA in the UAE so far.

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