All SIMs in UAE must now be registered

By on June 28, 2012
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TRA’s new scheme to help protect subscribers from fraud and misuse of their SIM cards.

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Just out of the queue for your EID card? Well, get ready to be in another one. TRA has announced that every mobile phone user in the UAE must register their SIM cards in the next 18 months in order to continue receiving services from their provider.

The scheme, called “My Number, My Identity”, is designed to help protect subscribers from any fraud and other misuse, and also easily help track a stolen or lost phone. Users can register their SIM cards by either showing their passport or National ID to any du or Etisalat service station.

According to TRA, the programme is now up and running, and it is upto the local telecom providers to notify users of the programme either through text message or phone call.

“Registration will be a very easy process and there will be a number of reminders before any phone could be cut off,” a TRA official said.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • Dondon

    When we bought prepaid sim cards either from etisalat or du, they took photocopies of our passports, didn’t they? My suggestion is why not register those? Hiring some people to encode the numbers will be better rather than to have all residents queue up again, plus it will provide jobs for those data encoders. With regards to postpaid SIMs, Etisalat and Du should already have the subscriber details.

  • Hermilla

    What’s the point of having a national ID with my contact information attached to it? When will the government start sharing data between departments instead of forcing people to provide the same data again and again?

  • Tumberry

    I hope there is no fee for this !

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