More than three million people in the UAE have registered in the national identity card, an ambitious project launched by the country a few years ago to ensure better demographic data, the project chief was quoted on Sunday as saying.
The registration process has picked up over the past few months to reach 9,000-10,000 persons a day following the opening of new registration centres and deadlines given by authorities for citizens to register, said Ali Khouri, director general of the Emirates Identity Authority (EIA).
“The number of those registered has now reached nearly 3.1 million,” he said during a ceremony held in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to honour hundreds of employees at the EIA centres.
The number accounts for nearly two thirds of the UAE’s total population of around five million and the country aims to include all nationals and expatriates into this vital system. EIA has extended a deadline for registration from the end of 2010 to next June.