The government of Dubai (prop. the Al Nahyan family) has some excuses for its ID scheme that are eerily familiar, if even more extravagant than we are used to. This from DubaiCityGuide.com:
EIDA [Emirates Identity Authority] has been given responsibility for introducing a modern Population Register and ID Card system, which will further the country’s efforts towards the provision of a secure environment for citizens and expatriate residents of the UAE. It is designed to keep personal identities secured from fraudulent or unauthorized use, support government planning services, enhance economic growth and place the UAE in the front ranks of the information technology age.