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Expats are causing panic by showing up for biometrics without appointments

As the first month of the grace period ends, the Ministry of Interior notes large crowds at biometric fingerprint centers. They stress the importance of scheduling appointments for smoother processing. During this period, citizens and residents must complete their biometric registration, crucial for official transactions. Reports show a significant influx of visitors, especially among residents.

Yesterday, there was a notable gathering outside the Investigation Department at Al Farwaniyah Security Directorate. Crowds are expected to persist until the May deadline, with around 670,000 procedures already completed. In response to a viral video showing congestion, the Ministry reassures the public of measures taken. They highlight the need for appointments via the “Matta” platform on “Sahel” before visiting centers.

The Ministry ensures adequate capacity but faces challenges in densely populated areas like Farwaniya. Queues and overcrowding have led to appointment rescheduling. Many express frustration over canceled appointments, especially those near the end of residency permits. Requests for more centers and extended hours are made to meet demand.

As the Ministry works to streamline the process, individuals are urged to follow appointment protocols and remain patient. With Eid approaching, there’s hope for reopening appointment slots and reducing center crowding.

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