There could be good news for expats in Dubai. A Federal National Council committee has recommended that identity cards be issued only to Emiratis rather than the entire population of the UAE.
The recommendation comes as the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) struggles in its efforts to issue five million of the cards to everyone living in the country.
The FNC committee has said that the Government should issue labour cards to foreigners living in the country, instead of the ID cards, over the next two years.
“The ID card should only be given to citizens,” said Mohammed al Zaabi, a member of the specialised labour committee.
The FNC is expected to take up the recommendation at its next meeting in January.