There will be no need for expatriates to have labour cards after three months, a spokesman from the ministry of labour has said.
"The document which was essential for any employee in the country will now be replaced by the Emirates ID and there will no longer be a need to have a labour card by the end of June, when the deadline for registering expatriates in the ID system expires," he said
Earlier Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash, Minister of Labour, had said that Emirates ID cards would replace labour cards by the second half of 2012.
He said the decision would be implemented as soon as the Emirates National Identity Authority (Eida) was sure that all expatriates in the UAE were registered and had applied for the Emirates ID.
The spokesman said that using Emirates ID as labour card will make things easier for expatriate workers. "They will not need to carry too many cards after the ID registration is completed by June this year."
From: Gulf News Newspaper.