The popular complaint is The EIDA website seems to be extremely busy. The home page takes very long to load and it is impossible to actually register.
The overcrowded registration centres are the reasons that people were waiting for up to four hours.
Half of that time was spent at the typing office to fill the preregistration form as people could not access the Authority's website to print the form in advance.
The identity card costs Dh100 for nationals for five years, Dh100 for expatriates for one year and Dh50 for children under 15 years, regardless of nationality. In the case of expatriates, however, the fee has to be paid for the duration of the residence visa.
Given that 1.2 million residents are expected to register before this year's deadline, the issuance of cards will generate an income of about Dh120 million or more.
The UAE government is spending $55 million on cutting-edge technology to implement the national ID system and is expected to generate an income of about Dh120 million from card fees by the end of this year.
The all-in-one identity card, which will eventually work as a driving licence, passport and labour, residency, health and ATM card or e-wallet, will help employers to cut expenditures on acquiring staff's numerous IDs.
The technology being used to implement the identity cards will also offer other financial benefits, as it will plug the security loopholes in the banking system, which was recently plagued by fraudulent transactions.
Someone blogs about his experience HERE