Maclean wins first identity card centre for Abu Dhabi

Jebel Ali-based company takes first contract of potentially 14 new centres across the UAE

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By  Sean Cronin Published  September 10, 2005

Contractor Maclean Construction Company has taken the main building contract for what will be the first of an estimated 14 new identity card centres to be developed by the UAE government. The Jebel Ali-based contractor has won the contract to develop the building in Abu Dhabi — one of four in the emirate that will have the power to issue identification cards. The 1570 m2 building will be the first to be built under the ‘National Population, Registration, Identification Card Project’. The identity card project is one of the first significant contracts to have been won by the fledgling Maclean Construction Company, which was launched earlier this year by the JC Maclean Group to target mainstream design and build construction projects. “We will carry out all of the MEP work, construction work, and fit-out work for this project,” said JC Maclean managing partner Talal Saeed. Last month the UAE cabinet announced that under the new identity card system, UAE nationals would have to pay a fee of AED100 while expatriates would be required to pay AED500. The new cards will be valid for five years for nationals and three years for expatriates. The cards will have nine separate security features, which will help to make forgery almost impossible. Last year the Ministry of Interior entered into a US $53 million (AED194 million) contract with French telecoms giant Sagem to provide the technology to implement the identification card project. A total of 14 identity card centres will be developed around the UAE, including four in Abu Dhabi, one in Al Ain, three in Dubai, two in Sharjah and one each in the remaining emirates. It is understood that all of the new centres will be completed within the next two years.

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