1 day to Dubai ID deadline: Eida clarifies who is exempt

Don’t Panic message goes out to Dubai residents… but with reminder to register to avoid being fined

Like every Dubai resident, even house-helps and nannies are required to register for their Emirates ID cards, confirmed an official at the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida), just a day before the May 31 deadline for Dubai kicks in.

“If someone lives in Dubai, or Abu Dhabi, or Sharjah, and don’t have an ID card, and the validity of their residency expires during 2012, they must apply for the ID card along with the renewal of their residency procedures.

“And this will not cost them any fine,” he confirmed.

In case, the visa of a house-help and nanny, sponsored for a year, expires before December 2012, then they will be except from Dubai deadline of May 31.

This means they need not pay penalty of Dh20 per day, up to a maximum of Dh1,000.

Eida had earlier stated that residents whose residence visas expire this year can renew their national IDs then. “This is done to ease the burden on the residents.

“They can go in at one-time and finish the entire process, instead of repeating it just two months later,” stated Diyaa Abdul Al, senior officer media and communications at Eida.

Don’t Panic

Eida has also provided Dubai residents with a brochure titled “Don’t Panic”, which is translated into nine languages, explaining the registration procedure.

They have also launched an ad campaign, across newspapers, the Dubai Metro, social media channels and via mobile text messages, in an effort to spread awareness, elaborated Ayesha Al Rayesi, Project Manager, Planning & Quality, Acting PR and Marketing manager at Eida.

Eida has also urged UAE nationals and residents to register their children, aged below 15 years, before October 1, 2012, after which they will be fined.

“Yes, it is mandatory for all under-15s, nationals and residents, to register before the deadline, failing which they will be charged a penalty of Dh20 per day, up to a maximum of Dh1,000,” clarified Diyaa.

The fees for Emiratis are Dh100 for 5 years, plus Dh70 for typing fee and other charges, and for expats, it is Dh100 for every year, plus Dh70 for typing and other charges.

Show up on time, be done in 10 mins

Eida said that it aims to ensure there are no jams that prevent quality service and aims to end the procedure for any person arriving on time within 10 minutes, maximum, and to ensure families and women are not inconvenienced.

Eida has also called on private sector companies in Dubai to ensure registration procedures for employees is complete.

Eida has also asked companies in Dubai not to transfer employees en masse to registration centers without an appointment.

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