Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Emirates ID

A few months ago, I registered online for an Emirates ID appointment...which is supposedly sometime in August..And I was bracing myself for a disastrous, chaotic experience. Given the experience some people went through to get it, and given the government's complete incompetency in communicating the right information to the population, I was ready to spend a few days running around, trying to get all the papers I needed and waiting long hours for my turn to come up.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, we got an email from our company's HR director telling us that an EIDA office was set up in Media City (Du building) and that there was no need for an appointment or anything of the sort.

So I filled up the online form, printed it out, and headed out the next day to submit my application. It took all of 20 minutes! There were 2 people ahead of me, and when my turn came around, all I had to do was show a passport/residency visa copy, the form I had filled out, a copy of my Media City ID. I paid, and was told to show up the next day for the fingerprinting procedure.

My appointment was at 9AM and I was there at 9 sharp and quickly got ushered into the fingerprinting room. That process took 15 minutes and they asked for my original passport and the receipt and initial application form. I was asked questions (such as what my last degree was and from which school, my mother's name, my religion, my address...), and got all 10 fingers scanned several times (my whole hand, and the side of my hand was scanned too!), and I was on my way back to the office.

My ID is supposed to arrive within the next 10 days.

My sister, on the other hand, had to get hers done in Abu Dhabi because her residence visa is under my father's name, and her ordeal was much more complicated. She managed to do the whole thing in one day, but had to be shuffled around from one office to the other for about 3 hours, and had to deal with some really rude attendants. At one point, she was "forgotten", as it was lunchtime, and all fingerprinting machines were shut down. She caused a small scene and was finally fingerprinted after about 3 and a half hours of waiting.

A few questions must be asked (not sure who will answer them, but still...):
1) Why is the service not consistent across all EIDA outlets?
2) Why can't the Media City system be adopted across the country?
3) Why was a simple process (such as the Media City one) not established from the very beginning, to avoid the drama and chaos that so many people went through?

Anyway...I'm just glad I got this over and done with. Not sure what will happen to my August appointment...I wouldn't even know where to cancel it!

27 comments:

BuJassem said...

the question i wanna ask is why do we need an ID card?

Anonymous said...

I have more smooth experience then you. We got a email that EIDA counter will be open in our office and HR will send you appointment time for you and your family.

I got a mail from HR for my appointment time and all done in 10 min registration, fingerprint all done at one counter. Even HR filled the Barcode form for me and when I went there HR was there to assist me. Fee is also paid by Office.


Within 10 Days I got my EIDA card. It was the best experience I have.

Ace said...

Here was my experience:
http://expatuae.blogspot.com/2009/07/i-got-big-brothered.html

moryarti said...

dang, you reminded me .. got to go get mine soon!

sd-b said...

If only you could have done the fingerprinting on the first day to save you the extra trip!

Glad it was relatively painless though!

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Dubai Sunshine said...

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BuJassem said...

ABIT.. today I visited your new blog for the first time and I was quite happy to find it. Beautifully written and all. However your comment today to Dubai Sunshine really ruined it all. I hate to get involved as a 3rd party but I have to be honest in saying you're out of line to talk to her like that. She didn't attack you personally, so I fail to see what your motive is. Especially with what you said. Completely against our Emarati culture and of course our religion in this holy month.

BuJassem said...

DS, PS: mabrook on getting on the 100 best blogs :) testahaleeen kul kheir :)

Dubai Sunshine said...

Buj...thsnk you so much for your kind words. They really made my morning.

I am not taking what ABIT is saying personally because I know that he's made a few of these comments on several people's blogs. I will now choose to ignore them because they are not worth my time.

And thank you for the 100 Best Blogs comment :)

Ramadan Kareem to you and your loved ones.

BuJassem said...

groovy, ya hala DS :)

(you just need to add "f" to the end of your name and you'll start giving discounts hehe)

this is my first ramadan in the uae after a 10 yr absence.. and i am LOVING the working hours here... hahahaha

makes all the "suffering" worthwile.. but i do miss the freedoms enjoyed abroad, as well as the lack of daily interrogations on behalf of my family's secret service :)

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Dubai Property said...

Thank God you have got your ID card and also thanks for sharing this experience. As I have to also go through all these experiences but I have got an idea of all that in advance. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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