The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority launched the My Number, My Identity campaign in June this year, calling out subscribers to register the SIM card they are using to their names to ensure that the owner of a SIM-Card is responsible for the manner in which it is used (and for the costs and charges associated with it).
Background info: Whenever we buy a SIM card to be used here, we need to submit identification documents, usually in the form of passport copy.
Back in the days when a SIM cards was expensive (I bought mine at AED165 or US$45 in 2007 now you can buy as low as AED40), I know so many people leaving Dubai just giving away their SIM cards for other friends/family members to use.
Now, those SIM cards need to be registered to the name of the current user for a small fee. Registration can be done by visiting any mobile service provider Du or Etisalat sales offices and bringing an identification papers (Passport or Emirates ID).
I admit, at first, I thought: what a hassle! but the initiative makes sense.
According to the TRA website:
Sharing or giving away your SIM-Card to others can cause unwanted consequences, including being held accountable for any improper conduct or misuse associated with the mobile phone subscription by the authorities.
Just out of curiosity, I wonder: how many other countries are doing something like this?
More important question: Are you a UAE resident and have you already registered your SIM card to your name?