The calls by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to complete the National Address registration are evoking good response among the residents in Qatar.
As per the latest figures, released by MoI, as many 1.5mn, including citizens and expatriates, have completed their registration process.
Lieutenant Colonel Dr Abdullah Zayed al-Sahli, head of the National Address Section at the Public Security, told local Arabic daily Arrayah that more than 70% of the citizens have completed their registration.
The MoI official urged all to complete the process while highlighting that the application process is easy.
The MoI has urged citizens, expatriates and the legal persons to register their national address before July 26, 2020 in order to avoid the legal consequences.
Described as first of its kind in the GCC countries, the National Address Law is a qualitative leap in the conduct of judicial procedures and enabling a proper communication system.
Individuals, institutions and companies should register their address and data with the ministry. This will ensure that all receives essential official notifications and announcements on time.
The registration will help the government easily reach out to them and deliver various services including ambulance service. A citizen or an expatriate or his legal representative has to register his data in a simple form that includes the address of residence, fixed telephone number, mobile number, email, employer address for government and private sector employees, and permanent address abroad if available. The guardian of minor children has to register their data and bears the legal responsibility for the validity of this data.
The registration will increase the performance rates of some security services for rapid response in the case of emergencies. The services include those by Al Fazaa, Traffic, Civil Defence and Ambulance.
The registration will also help residents take advantage for online delivery and online purchase. The law came into effect on January 27, 2020. Anyone who fails to register their address within six months of the enactment of the law will be fined an amount less than QR10,000.
The law mandates the individual to notify the authority about change in the address. If not updated, the existing address will be considered valid and communication and notification sent to the same.