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25 April 2024

Eida temporarily closes Karama centre

By Parag Deulgaonkar

Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) said on Wednesday it will temporarily close the Al Karama registration centre for 45 days for renovation, starting Sunday.

Applicants have been notified and appointments have been rescheduled to other registration centers, according to the authority.

There will also be possibility for applicants to reschedule their appointments by contacting the call center (600 530 003).

Currently, there are five registration centres in Dubai located in Al Barsha, Al Rashedya, Residency and Foreigners Affairs Office, the Office of the Rulers Court and Hatta. In addition, there are six registration centres attached to the preventive medicine centres in Al Muhaisnah, Al Baraha, Al Satwa, Al Qouz, Knowledge Village and Jafza.

Overall, there are about 60 registration centres and offices of the Emirates ID across the country.

Following the renovation, the centre will be able to accommodate 1,000 customers daily and will allow all services related to the ID card. It will also serve special needs customers and will provide over 50 car parking spaces.

Earlier this month, Emirates 24l7 reported Eida had achieved a full e-linkage with the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice and has launched an initiative to replace Labour Ministry's e-signature cards with the national ID.

“We have achieved 100 per cent electronic linkage with Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Justice. We have launched a new initiative to replace the electronic signature card with the ID card for any transactions in the Ministry of Labour," Dr Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, Emirates ID, Director-General, had.

This website reported earlier that the ID card will hold the capability of being a single docket of documentation and identification for a resident of the UAE, holding their passport, labour card, driving licence and health insurance details by the end of 2013.

Eida has announced the name of cards given to expatriates has been changed 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.