Today it became official, companies recall products, India has recalled passports. It is reported that there has been some security breach in some passports in Z series and as a safety measure Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to recall passports bearing nos. Z000001 to Z050000 and issue new ones free of charge in the least possible time.
Indian living in Dubai have option of applying online through http://cgidubai.com/ after registering for online services and get their new passport issued within 5 working days. The process calls for filling EAP-1 form online, taking print out and visiting online services section in consulate with 3 passport size photos. Pay AED 20 for online services, AED 10 for Empost sticker submit the papers and get the new one.
Please note that any visas in old passport remain valid till the expiry and old passport would be returned with “cancelled” stamp on first page.