The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) said on Saturday it was extending the deadline for Dubai residents to register for ID cards.
It has agreed to a one-month extension to June 30 in response to calls from the public who claimed they had not been able to register in time.
The EIDA said it received 3.3 million transactions for issuing ID cards over the first five months of 2012 including one million in May, official news agency WAM reported.
It added that around 90 percent of the Dubai population had registered in time.
The EIDA said the deadline extension would be a "one-off" and would not be flexible in the future.
It called on private sector companies operating in Dubai to "seize this last opportunity" by organising its workers to be registered before the end of June.
Those who do not begin the process by the new deadline face fines of AED20 per day.
Since the launch of the Emirates ID scheme in 2005, EIDA has made a series of moves to boost the number of card holders.
In a bid to put further pressure on residents to sign up for the scheme, the UAE government is increasingly requiring expatriates and nationals to present ID cards when dealing with federal agencies.
It was reported on Thursday that UAE residents hurried to the country's typing centres in a last-ditch attempt to file their application for the mandatory Emirates ID card, with many facing queues of up to four hours.
Applicants in one typing centre in Dubai's Knowledge Village district complained of a lack of seating and overburdened staff.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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