UAEPass – National Identity Initiative by the UAE Government

Meet yet another ambitious project from the Government of UAE to provide a digital ID to all its citizens. UAEPass will be a single trusted digital identification for all the citizens, residents and the visitors of UAE. It results from a collaboration between Smart Dubai and TRA and will be a single identity solution for various service providers within the UAE with a high level of security. As per the claim on the UAEPass website, it is a fundamental enabler for digital transformation initiatives, and a contributor towards achieving the goals of UAE Vision 2021, UAE Centennial 2071, and sustainable development.

At SubcoDevs, we always try to be ahead in the learning and development and as one of the major software development solution providers to many banking and financial institutions and companies within the UAE; UAEPass implementation would always be a priority for our team. 

Having said this, not all the rides are smooth and we had to overcome quite a few challenges while implementing this. One of the major challenges was that it is still a very new concept, and the documentation is still very much private as security is of prime importance. We also realized that there is no community-related development work found on the GitHub or similar sites which could make the task a little more easier. UAEPass team does not provide an example on how to implement it which makes life more complicated.  Also, to our surprise, the Staging server serves to the computers and device only within the UAE. 

In spite of many odds, our team decided to write the communication protocols between the app and the UAEPass server from scratch. Not only we did that but our team members also wrote an open-source project which should help other developers to help with UAEPass implementation in no time. If you are a .Net Developer and want to download this as NuGet package, click here.

Our team has really worked hard to develop libraries for UAEPass for all the major languages. If you care to implement UAEPass for your web-based or mobile-based app, feel free to contact us.