Qatar launches its National Identity project

​​​​​At the end of 2007, Qatar began rolling out biometric-enabled National eID cards​.
Qatari citizens are using these high-end cards, combining built-in biometrics features and contact and contactless technologies as their national ID document.
In addition to the personal data available in usual ID documents, the microprocessor also stores the person’s fingerprint.
Using the cards, the holder can access a new range of secure eGovernment services and perform transactions in a simple and secure manner.

This smart card, based on Gemalto’s Sealys eID card, is the size of a credit card and serves as the official ID document for Qatari citizens above 16, as well as for foreign residents.