Tag Archives: Middle East

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 »

Iran to Introduce Digital Health Card

By | July 11, 2017

Iran’s Social Security Organization (SSO), the largest insurance firm offering health services in the country, is set to offer digital health cards to digitize their services. According to the organization’s director, Taqi Nourbakhsh, the “Health Card” will ease Iranians’ access to primary healthcare services, CITNA reported. The details of how the cards will be used are still unknown.… Read More »

Pakistan – SBP acquires Security Printing Corporation

By | July 6, 2017

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) acquired the banknote- and prize bond-printing functions of Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC) from the federal government on Wednesday. According to a press release, other functions of PSPC such as the printing of passports, national identity cards and stamp papers have been separated and vested in National Security Printing Company Private… Read More »

Pakistan – Askari Bank, UnionPay sign agreement for debit card issuance

By | June 13, 2017

BEIJING: Askari Bank Limited (AKBL) and UnionPay International, one of the world’s largest payment schemes, has entered into an agreement to issue UnionPay QuickPass (NFC) and EMV Chip Cards in Pakistan.  The initiative will allow AKBL customers to enjoy convenience of contactless payments ‘TAP & GO’ while keeping the payments safe and secure.  The agreement would allow AKBL… Read More »

Starting Thursday, Israel to Issue Only Biometric Passports and IDs

By | May 29, 2017

Monday is the last day that the Interior Ministry will issue non-biometric passports and identity cards. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the offices are closed for the Shavuot holiday and as of Thursday, June 1 only biometric documents will be issued. Anyone applying to receive, renew or replace a passport or identity card will be required to be photographed… Read More »

Afghan Refugees To Get ID Cards And Passports

By | May 22, 2017

The Afghan government will distribute ID cards, passports and birth certificates to Afghan refugees living in Iran, Pakistan and Gulf countries once a verification process has been conducted. Based on an agreement signed on Monday between the ministry of foreign affairs, the ministry of refugees and repatriations and the interior ministry, the first step will see Afghan migrants… Read More »

Pakistan – CNICs of 45,000 Balochistan employees found fake

By | May 21, 2017

QUETTA –  More than 45,000 government employees of Balochistan have been found ghost having fake or incorrect national identity cards. Ghost employees have been traced in the province after verification of the national identity cards of all 295,000 government employees through National Database Registration Authority (Nadra). As per a private TV channel’s reports, the Balochistan government, earlier, inked… Read More »