Chaos as expats flock to get ID cards

UAE expats left disappointed last week as overcrowded centres meant many could not get cards.
Chaos as expats flock to get ID cards
By Tamara Walid
Sun 02 Nov 2008 11:25 AM

Expatriates across the UAE were left disappointed last week as overcrowded Emirates Identity Authority (EID) centres meant many were unable to get their mandatory national ID cards.The confusion has led to criticism of the registration system and of the EID's decision two weeks ago to bring forward the registration deadline from 2010 to Dec. 31, UAE daily The National reported on Sunday.

The government plans to register approximately 400,000 expatriates by the end of 2008, however this now looks as though it will not be realised, according to the newspaper.

People that fail to obtain national ID cards on time will lose the right to use government-related services.

Contributing to the chaos was the fact that Emiratis, who have been granted months to register, have not all come forward within the given time - an estimated 200,000 have yet to apply, the newspaper said.

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