Hope this is not an April Fool prank.
Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) has announced that Dubai will link residence visas to Emirates Identity Cards from April 1, 2012.
ID card link to visas in Dubai will be compulsory from from April next year, said Eida, adding that the procedure will be co-ordination with the General Department of Residency and Naturalisation.
Eida stressed that ID card registration is mandatory for issuing and renewing residence visas in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.
The UAE will have a total of 26 registration centres by the year-end with the new additions. The new centres will be distributed in Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah, while in Dubai they will be located at Al Quoz, Satwa and Jafza. In Abu Dhabi the new centre will be located at Al Jazira.
Eida added that the centre in Al Quoz, Dubai can register about 700 people a day; the one in Satwa can register 1,000 people a day and 250 people can be handled at the Jafza centre.