Business | General

Dubai to access ID data for paperwork

Filling in forms will require less time

  • By Zaher Bitar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 January 31, 2012
  • Gulf News

Emirates ID Card
  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • Dubai eGovernment has signed an agreement with the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) to support government integration and digital transformation through electronic links.

Dubai: Emiratis and expatriates will soon be able to complete their paperwork in government offices in Dubai easily and in less time, as they will not be required to enter their personal details while filling in new applications.

All government departments in Dubai will be able to electronically access data about residents, a top government official said yesterday.

Dubai eGovernment has signed an agreement with the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) to support government integration and digital transformation through electronic links in pursuit of its digital transformation into an integrated knowledge-based society.

It is the first initiative towards substituting the entire contents of bulging personal documents with a single, convenient card.

Ahmad Bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment, said the linkage will save time and effort for both customers and government staff.

He added that in addition to helping it to maintain comprehensive records on expatriates and Emiratis, the scheme is also designed to secure identification.

The data stored in the ID card would be accessible in over 30 government entities in order to verify the identity of clients.

"It is the first move towards achieving the common strategic goals of ID cards, particularly the improvement of operational performance," he said.

Confidential

However, he said that the ID information would be confidential with limited access when it is required.

Bin Humaidan said, "This agreement is in line with our commitment to actively contribute to the objectives of government integration and the electronic transformation of government systems across Dubai.

"We are committed, in the framework of our partnership with Eida, to implement a series of relevant initiatives and joint ventures, including integrating infrastructure for the verification of the identity card and handling this system."

Dr Eng Ali Mohammad Al Khoury, Emirates ID Director General, said the signing of the agreement coincides with the gradual conversion towards making the ID card a key identification instrument for transactions and services provided by the government and private sector organisations.

Comments (4)

  1. Added 17:07 January 31, 2012

    I want to know how to attend finger print process when the person is out of UAE or planning to go for vacation. Please let me know. Thank you very much.

    Mahmoud, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:42 January 31, 2012

    If the authorities initiated to do so then it's going to be perfect. and agreed with Nej that Employers should be the ones paying for this card...its not right for expatriates and workers paying for Dh 270.00.

    ummpa, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:09 January 31, 2012

    @ Nej, i believe that compnies used to do that for their employees..i am not sure if your company is doing it or not and if not then why, but i have many friends here in UAE and all of them are assisted and are re-paid by the companies in this regard.

    Asghar Ali, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:08 January 31, 2012

    This is very good, but i suggest that employer should be the one paying for this card...its not right for expatriates and workers paying for Dh 270...I would like to suggest that this should be done upon applying visa.

    Nej, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Gulf News
Quick Access

  1. Markets

  2. Economy

  3. Property

  4. Aviation

Business Top Stories

  1. Al Khorafi family wins Swiss bank case in Dubai

  2. Amazon enters Shanghai free trade zone

  3. Tata launches Nano car in Bangladesh market

  4. Air Berlin announces new turnaround measures

  5. New and premium models boost UK car exports