Emirates ID Authority (EIDA) announced today the delays would be dramatically reduced. Dr Ali Khouri, EIDA director general said “From our side, it will take a maximum of five days to produce the cards, as we are re-engineering our procedures and logistical work,” Additional high speed ID card printers will allow for higher system throughput. After Ramadan a trial period for the ID card services use will begin. Card expiration date will be set to 5 years as smart-card experts recommended for safe lifespan. 3.8 million national ID cards have been issued so far.