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United Arab Emirates

Website National Portal
Region Asia
Sub-Region Western Asia
Income * High income
Income Value 35,770
USD, GNI per capita
Population 8,441,537
E-Government Development Index 0.7515
Rank 29 of 193
E-Participation Index 0.7458
Rank 32 of 193
* Income data refer to World Bank classification

Emirates ID Authority Smart ID Cards

The deployment of the Emirates ID Authority’s Biometric Enrolment by the Emirates ID Authority as part of the National ID Registration Program is recognized as one of the world’s best biometric programs. Emirates ID Authority collects finger prints of all the citizens and legal residents above the age of 15 in the country. It is mandatory for everyone residing in the country to be registered in the National Population Register. Considering the unique demographic composition of the country where expatriates amount to nearly 90 per cent of the population, the biometric enrolment is part of the mandatory health certification for all expatriates, making it convenient for the residents. The current database boasts of over a 105 million prints of rolled fingerprints, plan and hand side prints, in addition to over 15 million facial images. The best two finger prints are stored in a secure, encrypted container in the Smart Card that is issued as the National ID Card. The Smart Card is provided with

a Match-On-Card Applet which allows for a biometric verification and authentication enabling assertion of an individual’s identity on demand. The security on the ID Card is ensured by the encrypted containers which is enabled only through the National Validation Gateway. All the biometrics, data transmission and protocols are as per ANSI and/or ISO Standards.


E-Government (2016 EGDI: 0.7515)
2016 Rank 29
2014 Rank 32
Change -3
E-Participation (2016 EPART: 0.7458)
2016 Rank 32
2014 Rank 13
Change +19

E-Government Development Index

EGDI Rank 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008 2005
United Arab Emirates 29 32 28 49 32 42

E-Participation Index

EPART Rank 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008 2005
United Arab Emirates 32 13 11 86 41 63

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