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Eida to open centre at Abu Dhabi Wahda mall

By Staff

Residents seeking to escape the deadline and register for the national identity card will be able to do so next week at Wahda Mall in the heart of Abu Dhabi city, press reports said on Thursday.

The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) said it is planning to open a registration centre at Wahda Mall on Defence Road next week to ease pressure on other centres as registration picks up ahead of the June deadline announced by EIA in late 2010.

EIDA, which targets the UAE’s five million people in its ambitious ID project, also has plans to set up registration centres in Rahba, Bany Yas, Khalifa City and other areas outside the capital to bring such services closer to residents living in remote areas.

“We will open a new centre on a trial basis in Wahda Mall next week…it will then in full operation at the end of the month,” Alittihad newspaper quoted Abdul Aziz Al Maamari, public relations and marketing manager at EIDA.

“It will be a large centre as it will be equipped with 15 registration lines, including nine for men and six for women.”

EIDA already has a registration centre in Marina Mall at the breakwater on the western flank of the capital but it has been under strong pressure because of the surge in applicants ahead of the deadline.

EIDA had earlier set December 2010 as a deadline for all residents to register but extended it to June.