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Mohammed Yaseen, Staff Reporter
The UAE citizens will get their passports automatically renewed six months before the expiry date within an initiative launched recently by the General Directorate of residency and Foreigners Affairs- Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai).
This was revealed by Lieutenant-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director-General of (GDRA-Dubai) during a press conference held on Monday at the headquarters of GDRFA.
“The new initiative, which has been created by the GDRFA through the Identity and Citizenship Division, aims to renew the citizens’ near expired passports automatically and deliver them to their place of residence,” Al Marri added.
He continued, “The citizens, whose passports are going to be renewed will be notified and contacted to verify their place of residence before sending them the renewed passports.”
“The initiative was launched by the GDRFA-Dubai 14 days ago as a trial service through which 90 passports were renewed and delivered to their owners,” Al Marri said, stressing that the beneficiaries of the service expressed great happiness with this pioneering initiative.
The mechanism of identifying the passports’ expiry relies on the Artificial Intelligence, in terms of classifying passports and notifying employees of the imminent date of passport renewal.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has on Sunday announced through its official account on Twitter, that the UAE nationals while abroad can apply for a passport renewal or emergency passport, if the passport is lost online via “ www.mofa.gov.ae , or contact the call centre at 80044444 without the need to visit the embassy.
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