Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, crown prince and deputy ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has cut the tape at the new premises of the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) at a ceremony held today (March 5th).
According to the Emirates News Agency, the sheikh was treated to a grand tour of the property, visiting the various departments of the EIDA and briefed on the varied responsibilities the organisation holds.
Particular attention was paid to the ID card and population registration programme, which was described as one of the most ambitious biometric data initiatives in the Middle East.
Also in attendance were a number of sheikhs and other top Emirati officials, in addition to high-level representatives of the EIDA.
The EIDA was established in 2004 under royal decree and holds ultimate responsibility for the implementation of the ID card programme and the Population Register.
It aims to empower key public policy-setters and decision-makers in order to serve the interests of the UAE as a whole.