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An opinion poll conducted by the Emirates Identity Authority on its portal revealed that only 30.56 per cent know the benefits of the card, while 45 per cent were unaware of the privileges of the card has to offer which include facilitating transactions and applications in both the government and private sector, as well as the online and smart services provided by many entities in the country.

Filed on February 18, 2016

An opinion poll conducted by the Emirates Identity Authority on its portal revealed that only 30.56 per cent know the benefits of the card, while 45 per cent were unaware of the privileges of the card has to offer which include facilitating transactions and applications in both the government and private sector, as well as the online and smart services provided by many entities in the country.


As many as 6,000 people took part in the opinion poll which was conducted by Eida last month.

Here are some of the recent benefits and privileges that can be availed on the smart identity card:

- The UAE's debt quality watchdog, Al Etihad Credit Bureau, recently started to allowed banks to access information to those seeking credit using their Emirates ID cards. The facility is part of the bureau's strategy to digitize services.

Banks can easily find out a customer's credit history by using their Emirates ID.

The chip on the card includes the 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 authorized authorities in order to protect the privacy of data. This chip may store up to 32 thousand letters of information.

- Umm Al Quwain's Khalifa General Hospital earlier this month, linked patient data to Emirates ID.

The hostpital announced the approval of the ID card in all patient transactions as of this February.

According to a press release issued, Resa van Der, acting director of Khalifa General Hospital, confirmed that linking the medical file to the ID card saves time and effort for customers and make procedure easier and more accurate.

"The linking process is important for providing comprehensive and accurate data for institutions at the United Arab Emirates for innovative governmental services,"she said.

- ADNOC linked it's self service petrol stations with Emirates ID. Earlier this month, the oil Abu Dhabi based oil distribution company announced that it will launch ID card use in pilot fuelling self-service "ADNOC SMART" to allow customers pay for gasoline using three methods of payment including the ID card that will be connected to and activated in ADNOC Wallet in Abu Dhabi.

ADNOC Distribution said that the pilot stage of service will last until the first day of next October in 2016, covering four service stations at Abu Dhabi Island.

It will allow customers to fuel their car personally using the latest technological solution according to a variety of payment methods.

Besides the use of the ID card, ADNOC Wallet includes two methods of payment: the smart chip to be installed on the fuel pump and linked to ADNOC Wallet account and ADNOC Plus card that can be used by customers to fill up their cars with petrol.

ADNOC Distribution called on customers to obtain ADNOC Wallet account by visiting its website to get full control of financial transactions and avoid long queues at stations.

- In January, Dubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance Company "Aman", announced substituting the health insurance cards of its customers, whether citizens or residents, with their ID cards issued by the Emirates Identity Authority.

Jihad Faitrouni, CEO of Aman Insurance Company said in a press release, that the 'integration of the health insurance card and the ID card came in line with the decision of Dubai Health Authority, as it will contribute to the reduction of fraud and misuse operations by confirming the identity of the beneficiaries of the insurance and downloading their data directly using the ID card e-reader device, thus saving time and effort for both customers and insurance companies.'

- Dubai Municipality announced in January this year, the start of registration of all its employees who benefit of the health insurance services in the new common system which relies on the use of ID number as a substitute to "Inaya" card which was previously used, in implementation of the Health Insurance Law in the emirate.

The Municipality added that the new system, which is flexible, and accurate links the health insurance for each beneficiary of "Inaya" program to the ID number, which represents the only identification code to obtain the various health services in hospitals and medical centers.

In February, EIDA held a meeting to discuss the timely completion of all EIDA projects up to highest quality and transparency standards in order to achieve the desired results.

As the current strategy would come to the stop this year, EIDA called on all sectors, departments, units and employees to intensify efforts and focus on 2014-2016 Strategy goals, applying EIDA's vision for an integrated stat-of-the-art identity management system.

EIDA's director general stressed on promoting their smart services, provide and drum up interest in more benefits and services, and meet the requirements and standards of e-government services.

EIDA has made enormous strides in service activation on mobile phones and smart devices, according to Dr. Al Ghafli. It enables the public and private institutions to take the advantage of its projects in launching e-services based on ID card features.  

Earlier in January, EIDA had worked on allocating space on the ID chip to store health data of 12 fields. The Authority confirmed its readiness to support the entities wishing to take advantage of the ID card features and its smart chip, to be able to link its customers' records to their ID numbers or to download the basic data of the ID card holder on the chip within the allocated storage fields.

EIDA explained that it allocated in the card chip space to store health data of the ID card holder including 12 fields, including blood type, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, and allergies, as well as the approval of organ donation, birth defects and disabilities, in addition to surgeries undergone by the ID card holder, the surgical procedures, basic and subsidiary vaccinations, long-term medication, hardware or composite struts for the patient, in addition to the date of the last update.

National Health Insurance Company, "Daman", has started using the identity card of the people enrolled in the health insurance system instead of the insurance cards.

The ID card reader allows the concerned authorities to access the individuals' data in the electronic chip.

EIDA said that relying on the ID number makes it easier for patients to complete the health insurance transactions through digital signature, which is being identified through the digital identification gate of the Emirates Identity Authority.

In a press release issued on January 9, EIDA had said that 580 entities, both private and government, had adopted the e-reader for the ID card.

The website of the e-readers provides a range of services, including downloading the program of fingerprints and cards e-readers, as well as the settings program and its updates, in addition to a detailed presentation of the various types of e-readers that are compatible with the identity card systems and that EIDA recommends.

Abdul Aziz Al Maamari, Director of Government and Social Communication at EIDA, said that the authority has made customer satisfactiona top priority, and strives to keeping touch with them and overcome any obstacles they may face.

Emirates ID card benefits

- Identification and Verification as per International Standards
- Protect individuals' identity
- Can be used to access Secure eServices
- Provides Identity Information
- Stores many ID applications in future
- Prevents fraud & Identity Theft
- Portable personal database