Tag Archives: Middle East

Afghanistan – Technically ready to issue e-ID cards: Telcom Ministry

By | December 2, 2017

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Saturday said necessary preliminary measures regarding the provision of computerized identity cards have been taken. A statement from the MCIT media office said a gathering explaining the work process system of issuing electronic ID cards was held on a trial basis at one of the electric ID cards’… Read More »

Iran – Electronic ID Scheme Ends in March 2019

By | November 18, 2017

Secretary of Iran High Council of Cyberspace says every Iranian will have a smart ID card, a cyber identification number, and a digital signature by March 2019. According to the council’s website, Abolhassan Firouzabadi said, “Smart ID cards, cyber identification numbers and digital signatures are key to establishing and promoting e-governance. Every real and legal person should have… Read More »

ABK enables contactless payments – Tap ‘n’ Go service launched with KNET

By | November 13, 2017

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 13: In an effort to make life simpler for its customers through a series of ongoing enhancements, Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK) today announced the launch of the Tap ‘n’ Go service with KNET. This technology uses Visa payWave to enable Prestige, Elite and VIP Debit cardholders to transact with the POS devices by tapping… Read More »

IDEMIA Launches Pakistan’s first EMV Certified Payment Cards Personalization Center

By | November 8, 2017

COLOMBES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IDEMIA, the world leader in trusted identities for an increasingly digital world, supports financial institutions in Pakistan with their EMV (Europay Mastercard Visa) migration phase. Oberthur Technologies, renamed IDEMIA following its merger with Safran Identity & Security (Morpho), has been operating a personalization center in Karachi for several years. Strengthening its commitment to the market, IDEMIA… Read More »

Qatar – Commercial Bank launches first contactless debit cards in country

By | November 7, 2017

Commercial Bank has announced the launch of the first contactless debit cards in Qatar on the internationally-accepted Visa and MasterCard NFC platform.  The contactless debit cards will enable Commercial Bank’s customers to conveniently ‘Tap & Go’ at NFC-enabled point of sale (POS) terminals and they can also use the card as a normal debit card at any POS… Read More »

Lebanon – No progress made over biometric ID cards

By | October 26, 2017

BEIRUT: Parliament’s Finance Committee failed to make any progress on the issuing of biometric national ID cards Thursday. Head of the committee, MP Ibrahim Kanaan, led discussions on the replacement of Lebanese national identity cards. However, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil did not attend and his approval is necessary to move forward with allocating funds for the replacement… Read More »

Digital codes of Emirati passports will be upgraded

By | October 23, 2017

ABU DHABI: Digital codes of Emirati passports will be upgraded to further enhance security features of the document, the Ministry of Interior has said on Monday. More digital codes will be added as per the new rules of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the ministry said.  The new codes contain the highest international security standards. A specialised… Read More »

Irancell Unveils eSIM Project

By | October 16, 2017

Iran’s second largest mobile operator MTN-Irancell over the weekend announced that it is set to develop eSIMs (embedded Subscriber Identity Module) The project was announced during an event held at Irancell’s headquarters in Tehran, ISNA reported. The term eSIM relates to a new standard being promoted by the GSM Association (commonly referred to as ‘the GSMA’) — a… Read More »

UAE – TRA, Smart Dubai to launch a unified digital identity card

By | October 12, 2017

DUBAI: As part of its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2017, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, in partnership with Smart Dubai, aiming to develop a unified digital identity in the UAE. The agreement aims to enhance the mutual cooperation between federal and local governments in line with the UAE’s strategy to… Read More »

Now transgenders in Pak can use their guru’s name in place of parents in ID, say authorities

By | September 28, 2017

For the first time, transgenders in Pakistan can use the name of their ‘gurus’ as parents in their computerised national identity cards, authorities have said. The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), the country’s computerised national identity cards (CNICs) issuing authority, informed this to the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday, during the hearing of a plea of… Read More »

Emirates ID card becomes the enabler for 90% of smart services at 7 government entities

By | September 25, 2017

Within the initiatives of Government Accelerators’ Teams UAE government announced that the Emirates ID card becomes now, instead of any other identification documents, the main enabler of 90% of the smart services provided by seven government entities. The list of entities that achieved this percentage in their smart services includes Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Ministry of Culture and… Read More »

Dubai Municipality Officially Endorses The 10th Cyber Defence Summit

By | September 5, 2017

Innovation and technology have become key enablers of economic growth for any nation in today’s world. The United Arab Emirates knows this very well and is at the forefront of innovation. Particularly, powered by digital transformation, Dubai is well positioned to be the smartest, safest and happiest city in the world. However, with the sudden rise in cyber… Read More »

It will now be easier for trans Pakistanis to get national ID

By | September 1, 2017

After a tough week for Pakistan’s trans community, it will now be easier for them to apply for official documents. Most people in Pakistan have a Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC). It is an ID card that also allows them to be counted in the census. Many employers will not hire a person without a CNIC. Pakistan was… Read More »

Israel – Most Jerusalemites Prefer Biometric Passports

By | August 15, 2017

The Population Registry on Tuesday, 23 Menachem Av, released statistics pertaining to the regular and biometric teudat zehut, the Israeli identity card. It appears that from the beginning of June 2016, no less than 149,585 biometric ID cards were issued as were 253,207 biometric passports. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, a supporter of the biometric program and national database,… Read More »

Mastercard unveils innovation centre in Dubai

By | August 12, 2017

Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, has unveiled its newest payment solutions and groundbreaking technologies at the latest release of its ‘MEA Innovation Showcase’ in Dubai, UAE. Featuring innovations that are shaping the future of the payments sector in the region, the location of the enhanced ‘MEA Innovation Showcase’ at the company’s regional headquarters… Read More »

10,000 Kuwaiti electronic passports being issued weekly

By | July 27, 2017

  Authorities in Kuwait are stepping up efforts to issue the new-look electronic passports to all citizens. Six specialized centres are issuing a total of 10,000 passports weekly – with a priority given to holder of passports which are nearing expiry. A security source told Alanba  newspaper that it takes an average 72 hours to issue an electronic… Read More »

Ithmaar Bank Earns Prestigious Payment Security Certification

By | July 24, 2017

MANAMA, BAHRAIN – 23 July 2017 – Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, earned a prestigious, internationally-celebrated payment security certification that puts the Bank on par with some of the best in the world. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) certification was awarded to Ithmaar Bank by SISA Information Security WLL, the Middle East’s leading… Read More »

You will now be getting a smart vehicle registration card for your car in Pakistan

By | July 15, 2017

The excise bureau of Punjab has declared that smart card will replace one’s vehicle’s enrollment book. The new reported smart card will highlight a close field communication chip which will show the data viewing the vehicle, for example, the chassis number of the vehicle and the expiry date of the token assessment. Additionally, it will likewise hold the… Read More »

Israel slashes price for passports ordered at Ben Gurion Airport

By | July 13, 2017

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority on Wednesday announced a discounted price for emergency passports purchased at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. The discount is in compensation for the long wait times for those who wish to purchase a passport at their local Interior Ministry. Previously, citizens did not need an appointment for the Interior Ministry. However, since June 1… Read More »