NFC smartphone support for Emirates ID soon

May 16, 2013 - 

During the Cards & Payments Middle East and Mobile Show in Dubai this week, the Emirates Identity Authority announced that Emirates ID cards will soon start working with mobile phones through NFC technology.

Reported in, according to Dr. Ali Al Khouri, Director General of the Emirates Identity Authority, the new NFC system is currently being developed broadly with various stakeholders.

“We are currently working with the local telecom operators in the UAE and other technology firms to develop NFC enabled services, where people can be authenticated, and their identities verified, using their own mobile phones, and through which they can, securely access government services, anytime anywhere,” he said.

The authority has also planned self-service kiosks to be placed in malls where cardholders can renew the Emirates ID and pay traffic fines and other payments. According to the Emirates247 report, the authority is currently working with many government organizations to connect their services to the system.

Reported previously in, the authority has recently established a full e-linkage with the Ministry of the Interior the Ministry of Justice and has launched an initiative to replace the Labour Ministry’s existing e-signature cards with Emirates ID cards.

Also reported previously, the UAE Central Bank and Emirates Identity Authority have met to consider enhancing cooperation in regards to using the smart ID card and activating its applications in the financial sector.

Earlier this year, following a “technical glitch,” official transactions related to national ID cards in the UAE were disrupted for nearly two days.

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