The Smart Dubai City Office has authorized Lleida.net to act as an official UAE Pass Service Provider. UAE Pass is the name given to the United Arab Emirates’ National Digital ID program, which allows citizens to sign electronic contracts and access government services online.
The Lleida.net approval will allow UAE residents to use the company’s technology to perform those eSignature and eContracting functions. Lleida.net’s services are available in the UAE through an exclusive partnership with Emirates Post, which is itself a public company that operates as a commercial entity. Emirates Post runs the country’s National Postal service.
Lleida.net is the first private entity to offer full support for the UAE Pass system. Any contracts signed with the company’s technology will be valid in the eyes of the government and will be legally admissible throughout the country.
The program has the backing of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority in addition to the Dubai Smart City Office. The UAE is hoping that the Lleida.net approval will encourage more widespread use of digital signature technologies on a national scale.
Lleida.net is based in Spain, though it already maintains two local subsidiaries in Dubai. The first (Lleidanet Information Technology Network Services) works directly with Emirates Post to fulfill its domestic obligations, while the other (Lleidanet SaaS Middle East DMCC) markets the company’s services to other parts of the Middle East and Africa.
Earlier this month, the UAE announced that residents could now register for a UAE Pass ID remotely through a new online system that verifies people’s identities with facial recognition. Emirates Airline also launched a contactless passenger screening system at Dubai International Airport in October, while an unnamed federal agency has installed a face-based access control system at its headquarters in December. That federal system is the result of a partnership between SAFR and EPM.