Is this the beginning or the end of the Emirates ID card saga?
The deadline for ID card applications is just a few days away, finally.
The saga seems to have been going on forever.
And after all these years, the number of people who have yet to apply seems to be down to a few thousand.
It has taken quite some time but Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) seems to have finally got there.
However, many people are now asking: "What next?" This is because they are unclear about what they can do with the card once they have it.
The aim has always been to create a form of ID that can be used to obtain government services as well as act as an official ID.
Yet, at 7DAYS we still get people contacting us to say they produced their card and it wasn't accepted. Instead they had to use passport copies as has been the past custom.
And one of the biggest complaints that readers of 7DAYS have made during the application process, often via our letters section, is that they just haven't received information on what to do, when or how. Now, individuals have a responsibility to seek out this information and cannot just expect it to land on their doorstep. However, EIDA must also shoulder some of the responsibility too.
So, as we move forward with the system, let's hope that lessons have been learned and both individuals and EIDA are better prepared in terms of communication on how the system will work in the future.
Simon Pluckrose is Head of News at Al Sidra Media LLC, the publisher of 7DAYSinDubai.com, 7DAYSinAbuDhabi.com and the newspaper 7DAYS