By Claire Ferris-Lay
Emirates Identity Authority releases new information in bid to avoid further confusion.
The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has 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, EIDA said on Tuesday.
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.
The agency identified professional residents as diploma-degree holders working in the fields of accountancy and auditing, consultancy, education, engineering, investments, IT and computers, journalism, law, marketing, media, medicine, nursing, pharmaceutical, public relations liaising (PRO), and sales. The group also includes trade licence owners and entrepreneurs.
Residents and their families in Group 2, which covers administrative and craft working industries including oil, gas, industrial, banks, insurance, tourism, hotel and restaurant industries, shipping, typing, translation and secretaries, storekeepers, receptionists, athletes and students will be able to register from Mar. 1, 2009 to June 18, 2009.
Those in Group 3, which covers unskilled working residents in the private sector and their families in areas of housemaids, cleaners, farmers, fishermen, private and public transport, security guards, watchmen and all other announced working fields expect Group 1, will have from June 20, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2009.
Group 4, which covers all construction workers in the private sector, will be able to register for their card from Oct. 1, 2009 to Dec.30, 2010.
Only 73,000 people registered for the ID card for the whole month of November, according to Thamer Al Qasemi, the planning director of the Emirates Identity Authority.
Residents wishing to download the software application can do so through the link on our Home Page.
I applied at the Central post office in mid November - no appointment yet !!
Just checked the website and I strong propose that EIDA managers go get a training on how to plan and project management then properly re-launch the project.
This is good that the residents /professionals and others have been given a definite timetable to get the cards, however there is no mention regarding residents which include investors, especially the real estate buyers.
Having had the urge to nearly throttle someone to within an inch of their life to get any kind of information out of them after having sat in the Barsha National ID Authority for approximately 8 hours without any hint of what was going on I would like to utter a few words on the subject. If there is indeed a "planning director" or a "planning committee" for this horrible excuse of a mess called the Emirates Identity Card, then it seriously needs to step up its act. There has been very little clear information available to the general public from day one, whenever that was. None, except once the reality set in that this process was taking more time than it should, suddenly the threat came through which stated that those who didn't register prior to the end of 2008 would have accounts frozen, power shut off, and water cuts, let alone eviction or whatever else was mentioned... Threats do not inspire people. We arrived at the Barsha Authority at 6:30 and latched onto the end of the queue which by then already had 100-odd people. By 7:30 the doors opened and for some reason a few locals just decided they could, and walked straight through and ignored the fact that there were by that point about 200 people already in line. At 7:55 I finally got a little ticket from the reception/info counter and was pointed in the general direction they wanted us to go in without further info of an approximate waiting time or anything else. By 1pm we had been sitting patiently for the entire morning and suddenly after about 400-or-so other people had gone through before us (some how, even though we were 100th in line approximately and there were another 40-or-so from that original line still waiting) the numbers stopped changing. Without any announcements being made i started getting a little annoyed with it all and finally found out from someone else that there was a shift change going on which lasted about 1.5 hours. This would have been a great opportunity for us to get out, warm up (as it was cooled to about -4 degrees in the centre as usual) and get something to eat, had someone of the "authority" actually bothered to tell us... Finally by about 3:15 my number finally came up. By 3:40 it was all done and dusted and I was outside wondering why on earth it would have taken then almost 9 hours to get to me. Seriously, based on experience, the front desk staff should have been able to gauge an approximate time for us, or at least said that we probably wouldn't be seen to before lunch. And someone could have made an announcement that there is a shift change occurring. Is that so difficult? Please sort this absolute mess out. Get the staff (all locals as far as we could tell with minimal English knowledge) some of the training they need, and deserve, and get some information out to the general public. Everyone who works in this country is already registered in the system as they wouldn't otherwise be allowed to. Most also have an e-gate card, a driving licence, a health car, etc... why do we need to give all the information again that you already have? To me, and to many other people this seems like just another one of the many scams to make some more money off the expats and give another high-level job to some of the otherwise seemingly unskilled locals. I do hope that this is not the case, and would very much like to be proven wrong.
There is no prior appointment available and even I failed several times to get token/number for registration.
The recommendation of the FNC is apt, an expat is already equipped with a labour card, which has comprehensive data, therefore, any additional card other than a labour card serve no purpose. ID cards would hold good only for Emirati citizens.