The Emirates Identity Authority, the body behind the UAE-wide rollout of identity cards, has extended the deadline for Emiratis and foreign workers yet to register for the cards.
Under the new timescale, Emiratis have been given until June 30, 2011 to register, a six-month extension, while expatriate workers can register whenever they renew or apply for a residency visa.
The EIDA has yet to clarify what fines will be imposed on Emiratis who fail to meet the deadline.
According to the agency, more than 1.5m residents registered for cards in 2010.
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