Emirates ID card deadline extended in Dubai
The deadline for expats to apply for their Emirates ID cards in Dubai has been extended for a month after the authority bowed to public pressure.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) said it had received 3.3 million applications since the beginning of 2012 and 90 per cent of the population of Dubai was now registered.
The deadline had been June 1 but this was extended yesterday to June 30, the authority said, to help labourers, who have not been able to register, avoid late application fines.
EIDA had said it would not extend the June 1 cut off and would enforce a daily fine of Dhs20 - up to Dhs1,000.
But the hard-pressed authority said it had faced public pressure for an extension through its website, social networking pages and mass media and had a deluge of last-minute applications - one million forms were received in May.
With the deadline extended, an EIDA spokesman urged companies to “seize the last opportunity” to register workers - but asked not to bus them there without making an appointment in a bid to avoid crowds.
New expats without a residence visa should go for their medical checks and register for an ID card at the same time. The deadline for under-15s is October 1.