The Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) has decided to change the name of cards given to expatriates to “resident ID” to show the card holder is not a UAE citizen.
The measure will be enforced on February 1 but those holding valid cards need not change them before they expire, Eida said.
“The change is in line with a recommendation by the Federal National Council to differentiate between cards given to UAE nationals and expatriates,” it said.
It noted that the national ID is part of a project to help decision-makers and support strategic planning in the UAE, the second largest Arab economy.
Eida also said card is needed for information on the demographic structure in the country and that its specifications to Emiratis and foreigners would remain the same.
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