Expat ID cards

February deadline looms for professionals.

Most expats in Dubai have yet to apply for an ID card, despite the February 28 registration deadline for professionals.

Officials warned today that complacency in registering for identity cards will create problems due to the large number of people who have yet to apply for registration.

About 80 per cent of expat professionals and about 22.6 per cent of Emiratis are yet to register for ID cards.

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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