According to the latest schedule, expatriate professionals have to complete registration by February 28 and Emiratis by March 31, this was extended from the earlier deadline of December 31 (for both Emiratis and expatriate professionals).
But, only about 20 per cent of expatriate professionals registered by December 31, according to Thamer Rashid Al Qasimi, Planning and Project Management Director at the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA).
About 121,140 of an estimated 600,000 expatriate professionals registered by December 31, said Al Qasimi.
He warned that such complacency would create problems for them and the next categories of expatriates whose registration will begin on March 1. For more information, log onto http://www.emiratesid.ae/mainenglish.html.
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Catherine Blackmore Jan 27, 2009 06:20 pm
Just to update you. I tried the wonderful appointment online system after reading your article and went right through to the 12/3/09 and I get the same message each time. NO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. I obviously am trying to go in my time not working hours. What am I to do? I suppose I could keep going trying every month until I crack one but this is ridiculous. My working hours have frequent changes to timetabling and I do not want to go in working hours as it is highly likely I will have to cancel on the day as somebody will be off sick or some other reason so that is why I am trying to make one in the 3-8 timeslot.
S. Chen Jan 26, 2009 02:42 pm
I've been trying to get an appointment since mid November 2008 (by repeatedly showing up at the Centers, at Post Offices and via the website on a weekly basis). I am told there are no appointments available, to keep trying the website appointment system. HELP.