In six months time, an Emirates ID card will be mandatory for mobile payments in the UAE, according to the UAE’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA).
In the words of Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA deputy director-general for information, all mobile payments will be linked to Emirates ID, adding more security to online transactions.
Al Mansoori said: "The service will be incorporated not just for government-related payments but also with regards to mobile transactions involving private companies.Our ultimate goal is to make users feel secure."
In the view of TRA officials, the presence of a double security mechanism through the use of Emirates ID will prevent any possible misuse of the system and at the same time will ensure a much safer transaction.
Emirates ID has replaced many other identification cards in the region, such as the Labour Card and even driving licenses. According to the director general of Emirates Identity Authority (Eida), Ali Mohamed Al Khouri, Emirates ID will launch 20 of its services through smartphones before the end of 2013.
Eida is also planning to start coordination with banking organizations in the UAE with the aim of replacing many banking cards with the Emirates ID one and also to adopt it as single document for identity verification, alongside with the UAE Central Bank.
In Al Khouri’s words, Emirates ID will be also e-linked with five government entities, responsible for civil incidents in the country before the end of 2013 and with other nine during the first half of 2014.