So what is a Muqeem resident card? On Oct 14, 2015, the first day for the 1437 Islamic New Year, the government in Saudi Arabia decided to use the Muqeem, a new kind of identity card to replace the Iqama, the old resident identity card of expats who live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
From the new Islamic year 1437, all expats who possess an expired Iqama will be issued with a Muqeem card. From this point onwards, no Iqama cards will be issued.
The Ministry of Interior (MOI) and Deputy Premier, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Naif, launched the Muqeem Resident Card in Riyadh.