18 July, 2006

The national ID card

Today i went through the website of the National ID card to get some information. http://www.emiratesid.ae/en/
While I think the project is useful, I was surprised to see that they charge AED 100 for nationals and AED 500 for non-nationals. Quite a steep price difference! What do you all think about that??

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm, did you expect equality ?

Harsha said...

Inequality is justified..to an extent, they are locals and citizens after all.

But a difference of 400 is a bit high.

secretdubai said...

With something like a national ID card, I don't think they should be charging for locals at all. If it becomes mandatory to carry it, citizens should get it free.

Dh500 seems rather steep for the expat version, unless it is intended to replace labour cards and health cards etc.

Keefieboy said...

I believe the card is your health card, driving licence, e-gate card, library ticket etc.

However, I'm not goingto be rushing out to get one.

fellow atheist said...

Yes, it does sound like a replacement for all different forms of identification. I don't think it's steep. secretdubai, yes, citizens should generally not be charged for such things -- but if it does replace several cards, it means that there need to be a charge. In this case, the charge is heavily subsidized (500 --> 100).

Anonymous said...

Egate - the Egate SW is on the blink, imagine the queues ...

Emirates Mac said...

500 seems pretty expensive to me.

Al Sinjab said...

I think 500 is much too high.

Is it likely that labourers' companies will cover the fees for them? What about people who work at hotels/retail?

It cost me AED 160 just to get my degree stamped by the UAE Embassy. They must make a hefty profit from this paper work!

Mme Cyn said...

So what's new? I'm not getting one if I don't have to... there are already so many copies of my photogrpahs and employer's no objection letters scattered around this toen,I think I'm already pretty identifiable.

Steve said...

I think if the dubai Government is going to replace them with the other identification cards we have then it makes sense...but if this is an added card...then I feel the price is just to high for the middle and lower class expats. With regards to the nationals I think they should pay the same price.

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