By Andy Sambidge
Emiratis have a further three months in which to register for identity card.
UAE nationals who fail to get ID cards by the end of December have been given a deadline for registration, it was revealed on Monday.
Emiratis can still get their cards in early 2009 without having to pay a fine after the deadline was extended for another three months.
The decision was made by the cabinet under the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, news agency WAM reported.
According to Interior Minister Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed believes that UAE nationals who failed to register for the ID card should be given more time to do so.
He said the extension provides adequate time for all to register before the stipulated penalty is applied on those who fail to do so.
According to the original Cabinet Decision no. 201/1 of 2007 on the ID registration system, anyone who failed to register by the end of the December 31, 2008 deadline would be penalised.
It is funny that when the expats failed to register initially (even thogh there was no requirement for them to do so till Dec 2010) there was no extension, but when locals fail to register after being given two years to do so, that the period is extended. The registration process has finally been recognised as a failure and surely it is time that realistic guidelines were issued by those who run this project. Maybe we will see that expats are not required to register at all in keeping with the recommendations of the FNC.