UAE ID programme model for the world, security experts say (The National)
The Emirates Identity programme was established by virtue of a federal decree in 2004.
The national ID card has the cardholder’s name, nationality, gender and date of birth on it. The card also bears a unique 15-digit identification number, which is used for identity verification by the Government and private entities. Inside the card is an electronic chip that contains personal and biometric data about the cardholder.
The UAE is advanced in its application of biometrics to national ID. The article sheds some light on why that is the case.