Add Gregorian DOB to National IDs

Saudi citizens have urged the authorities to add their Gregorian calendar birthdates on their identity cards, saying that it would help them whenever it is needed abroad. […]

However, Mohammad Bin Jasser Al Jasser, the spokesperson for civil affairs, said that there were no plans to add the Gregorian date.

Government’s insistence on using Arabic language and hijri dates is understandable, but why can’t we use English as an official second language? Doing so would make it easier to conduct business with other countries and also make life easier for the millions of foreigners who live here.