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UAE introduces new International Identity Card for students

For the first time in UAE, students here will be issued international student identification cards, which would be recognized in 129 countries. The card, which will be launched on 13th December, can be applied online for an annual fee of Dh55. Globally, more than five million students can use the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which is the only internationally accepted proof of student status.


The card will be made available for the first time in the Middle East and will offer students access to special discounts on hotels, shopping and airfares.


A company specializing in loyalties and rewards, ‘Infinia Alive’, is promoting the card in the UAE. The Managing Director of the company, Prashant Khattar, said that the company plans to cover atleast 200,000 students within the first three years, as Dubai has large student population.


The company has already tied-up with 200 retail outlets in the UAE. Further talks are underway to offer cardholders special discounts on public transport in Dubai.


Students in education free zones in Dubai already have access to a student discount card, ‘Jawaz’. The new card will work internationally at 42,000 locations offering special prizes on software, entertainment, food, travel, museum visit, educational courses and sport activities.


The ISIC card was endorsed by UNESCO in 1968. The card will be issued to students from the age of 12, and will be available for full-time students enrolled in universities and high schools.


Posted on 14/11/2013


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