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Smart Cards to be Issued to Expats in Qatar

Qatar : 09 January 2011

A Sim that contains the expat’s personal information will be issued in a smart ID.

Expats based in Qatar are set to be issued smart identification cards allowing them easier access to web-based services and smoother passage through airport security gates, according to the Borders Passports and Expatriates Affairs Department.

The Directorate of this department’s assistant director general, Mohammad Al Ateeq, spoke to the Gulf Times and stated that this smart card program will begin within a three month period.

Al Ateeq also noted that this project is an ambitious one and well in line with the rapidly paced world as well as the ministry’s commitment to remain at the cutting edge of development.

Citizens of Qatar were issued these smart cards back in 2007.

Included on the ID are Sim electronics encoded with all of the personal information of the card holder.

Al Ateeq stated that this biometric data is useful in indentifying people. International technical criteria and requirements were considered and a massive streamlined operating system and data base will unify all of the possible uses for the personal ID smart card and biometric passport, as well as electronic gates.

This changes will have an impact on all expacts working in Qatar.

It was also noted that this is a secure card that has fraud protection and includes visible features as well as invisible ones.

The Qatari media reported that this new ID card will be used for identification as well as for obtaining electronic services from the government and traveling through electronic gates at the Doha International Airport. Other airports in countries around the Gulf should be utilizing this technology soon, according to the paper.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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