The Emirati government has announced that it will introduce a new passport in September.

Key Points:

  • On Sept. 1, Emirati nationals will be able to apply for a new version of the UAE’s passport.
  • The new passport will include new security and technology features designed to protect Emirati nationals’ identities and reduce falsification and forgery.
  • Emirati nationals will be allowed to use their old passport until its expiration date and are not required to apply for the new version immediately.
  • The Emirati government encourages its citizens to submit passport renewal applications through this website within six months of their current passport’s expiration date.

Additional Information: More information regarding the UAE’s decision to introduce a new passport is available here.

BAL Analysis: Emirati authorities introduced the new passport with intent to safeguard its citizens identities and reduce passport falsifications and fraudulent activities. Emirati nationals should apply for passport renewals within six months of its expiration date to avoid delays or complications.

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