Saeed, a few years ago I was supporting a project in Bahrain (for 2.5 years) and a solution was needed so that clients could open an account for which ID was required AND would be required for each visit when the client requested services.
At first the ID was just copied and the data entered manually. And for subsequent visits, the ID was scanned and stored as a pdf or image in a container (not elegant). I then suggested the card reader. The facility is a mostly Mac operation (~50 Macs, but some Windows boxes for specialize instruments [~15] and this ID task) which is why I said “since you’re on Windows…” because Mac solutions for this are rare.
In this case, I looked at various software options, but then, if I recall, we learned that the government made their smart ID reader software available (Windows only). Again, if I recall, I was able get some data off the card with open source software (or maybe something that came with the reader) and even got part of it on Mac natively. It’s just a USB device.
In the end, I believe they went with government software and the simple smart card readers I purchased (I completed my contract during the time this was evolving). I bought the card readers while I was in the US for a few days (B&H Photo and Video) if I recall, but as you can see from the link I posted they’re widely available. (I had purchased them when traveling only because of their procurement policies and I wanted to start testing ASAP ).
I’m sorry that my recollection is a bit vague/foggy on the details. I’ve had a lot of projects since then and not much rest. I don’t know if I have downloads or links from that period for this, but if I find them I’ll post back. In the meantime I suggest you poke around the web to look at the solutions available. Check to see if UAE gov offers card reader software. BUT don’t be shy about just trying a smart card reader and whatever driver comes with it, if any. Macs often don’t require drivers for USB devices, but I think Windows may differ.
The smart card readers are cheap, so it’s pretty painless to explore.
Oh, it’s easy to get distracted by info online about military use (especially US military) because their members often use them for logging-in to their networks. I suggest you not waste too much time in those areas (like I did haha). In that use case it’s basically just an authentication dongle.
[Edit: a couple of typos]