Dubai: If you are a new resident in Saudi Arabia, you will receive a resident identity card, which is also commonly referred to as the ‘Iqama’, which will be your proof of identity as a legal resident in the country.
The card is issued by the Saudi Ministry of Interior and includes some important details related to your identity and residency. While most of the details are in Arabic, the card holder’s name and Iqama number can be found in Arabic as well as English.
Here is a look at what your card states:
1. Full name in English – On top of the card, the first line of information is your name in English.
2. Full name in Arabic – Right underneath, you will be able to see your name written in Arabic.
3. Iqama number in Arabic – The third piece of information is the Iqama number. If you don’t read Arabic, you will be able to also check your Iqama number in English, which is mentioned under the barcode on the left.
4. Iqama ID version – This indicates how many times your Iqama has been issued. If it is the first time an Iqama has been issued to you, the number here will be ‘1’. At the time of renewal, when you receive your new identity card, the number under this section will be shown as ‘2’.
5. Place of issue – Normally, this section may mention that the card was issued through electronic services.
6. Date of issue – This will show you the date when the Iqama was issued, as per the Hijri calendar.
7. Date of birth – Next, your date of birth will be mentioned, as per the Gregorian calendar.
11. Name of employer
12. Iqama number in English – On the left of the card, under your photograph and a barcode, you will be able to see the Iqama number in English.