ID cards should be for Emiratis only - FNC

Federal National Council committee recommends expats should have labour cards instead.
ID cards should be for Emiratis only - FNC
By Andy Sambidge
Thu 18 Dec 2008 08:38 AM

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, reported UAE daily The National on Thursday.

“The goal is to have a comprehensive database about those who work in the country,” the committee members wrote in a report discussed this week, according to the paper.

“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.

If the FNC, which is an advisory body, passes the committee recommendation, it will be submitted to the Cabinet, which would decide whether to adopt it.

EIDA on Tuesday released a new definitive time guideline in a bid to avoid confusion for ID card registration in the UAE during 2009.

UAE residents and professionals working in the government and private sectors will have until Feb. 28, 2009 to apply for the card, it said.

According to the schedule, residents working in the federal and local government sector, and professional residents including their family members can register for the new national ID card from this month to the end of February.

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