The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) explained that the new card has an electronic link directly from the card to the ICA which protects non-visible data and that the chip in the card has a higher storage capacity. The fact that the card is constructed from polycarbonate increases its serviceable life beyond 10 years.

By law, all Emirates citizens and residents must possess an Emirates ID card to get government services, to vote in elections, to use as a travel document to travel within the Gulf Cooperation Council and to pass through the eGates and smart gates at several airports in the UAE.

The card contains an ID number that is unique to the cardholder which now includes professional data, the issuing authority and the bearer’s population group.