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23 February 2024

Use Emirates ID to top up petrol yourself

The pilot phase will cover four service stations located on Abu Dhabi. (Supplied)

By Vicky Kapur

UAE residents will soon be able to use their Emirates ID cards to fill up their car tanks.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has announced a pilot self-service scheme in which it will allow residents to fill their car tanks using three modes of payment, including the Emirates ID card, which will be connected to and activated in Adnoc Wallet in Abu Dhabi.

The pilot phase will cover four service stations located in Abu Dhabi.

Adnoc said in a media statement that customers registering for its Adnoc Wallet will have their ID cards linked to their Adnoc Wallet accounts and it will be activated for free.

The seven-month pilot phase of its smart self-service refuelling will begin on March 1, 2016.

The Emirates ID card is mandatory for all citizens and UAE residents, and the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) has been progressively linking services to the ID card.

Last week, Al Etihad Credit Bureau announced that it had launched the Application-to-Application (A2A) advanced feature in January 2016, which allows UAE banks to use their customers’ Emirates ID to access a host of data.

Banks in the UAE are now able to track credit history of applicants via an app that the country’s credit bureau launched last month, which links an individual's financial details with his/her Emirates ID.

The bureau announced that Mashreq has already become the first bank to enable this advanced feature, with several others set to soon follow suit.

Emirates ID is already linked as a proof of residence with a number of UAE services, including bank accounts, telecom services and Ejari services.

In addition, Dubai government staff already use their Emirates ID as a medical insurance card, with all other residents set to make that transition this year itself.

In late 2014, Al Hilal Bank became the first bank in the UAE to offer its customers the facility to use their Emirates ID card as Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) cards to withdraw cash from ATM machines.

According to Eida, the Emirates ID card includes an individual’s personal data to be read automatically in usages that require the holder to provide an identity evidence and authentication.

Some of these data are encrypted and only readable/writable/updatable by the authorised authorities in order to protect the privacy of data. This chip may store up to 32,000 letters of information, it says.

The Emirates ID card has nine security features which makes falsification of the card very difficult for such features excels the current used standards in many cards such as the banking credit cards.