Monday, November 17, 2008

Woes in registering for myKad, opps, myUAEkad

Every morning on the way to the office, I can see already a long queue at compound of Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) office in Barsha. By 6.30 am, the queue is already very very long. The office opens at 7.00 am and most are waiting few hours before. Mind you, subuh prayer is about 5.15 am nowadays.

The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) announced a December 31 deadline to register for identity cards and this rang alarm bells around the country. A lot of expats tried to register for the card by logging onto EIDA's official website.
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.
Although the website allows for fixing appointments online, EIDA centres across the UAE are fully booked until November 30.
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.

I have registered my family applications through our HR office but yet to take our photographs.
So far, the UAE has already registered 610,000 residents, 95 per cent of which are nationals. About 600,000 more, which include 350,000 expatriate professionals, are expected to enlist before the December 31, 2008 deadline.
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


Pentilium5 said...

fraudulent tscts... no matter where... there will always people happy to take our possession away if we not careful or always on guard!!

Imran Yusuf said...

Tuan Fudzail,

PC yang digunakan oleh pihak "JPN Dubai" sama model dengan yang digunakan di ofis kami (KL, Malaysia)