Officials discuss launching of national ID card project

ABU DHABI — The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) recently met a number of officials from various ministries and government departments to discuss the most effective methods to launch the population register and the UAE national ID card project.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 4 Jan 2006, 10:20 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:52 PM

The UAE's ID card project is considered one of the biggest projects of its kind in the Middle East.

Dr Saeed Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Director-General of EIDA, met Ahmad Kajour, Assistant Under-Secretary, Planning Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs; Dr Ali Al Mazrouie, Director of Preventive Medicine Department, General Authority of Health Services; Dr Zainab Khazaal from Ministry of Health; and Dr Adnan Julfar from Health and Medical Services Department in Dubai.

"The meeting we had is part of EIDA's strategy that aims at keeping in constant touch with different departments and authorities in the country. The move will further enhance coordination and allow us to exchange experiences," said Dr Al Dhaheri.

"A proposal to register unskilled workers and to issue them the ID card as they appear for their medical test in the country, is currently being studied," he added.

Al Dhaheri noted that the above process will simplify data entry, besides helping to save time and effort in the registration process. The labour ministry revealed that approximately 500,000 unskilled workers are registered with the ministry.

Dr Dhaheri said that another proposal on unifying the payment of all government fees at one place such as fees for a health certificate, visa, ID card and others, is under way. The proposal is expected to be converted into a work plan and implemented by the end of this year.

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