For Your Info: Dubai RTA NOL cards

Dubai RTA Silver NOL card

If you are planning to travel to Dubai and enjoy the most out of it, worry no more because this city has one of the most organize transportations in the world. It will be easy for you to find the tourist spots very accessible to public transportation and at the same time, you can be assure that you’ll be brought to your destination safe and sound. Road and Transport Authority, Dubai’s government sector that manages road and transportation concerns is in continuously bringing innovations and improvement to make the travel of its citizens, residents and tourists a breeze.

One of the best means of transportation I truly love in Dubai is the Dubai Metro or Dubai Metro Train. Aside from giving its riders’ a very convenient access to the malls, offices, and hotels, the Metro train is also considered to be one of the well-maintained trains and train stations. I can attest to how clean the stations are, how easy it easy to go through their directions and how fast and efficient the trains are. FYI, So are you ready to get to know more on how to travel using the Dubai Metro Train? Well then let’s go!

For residents, like me, it’s a must that you have a nol card with you coz you use it to pay for the metro train, buses (water or land), Parking and Dubai Tram. Note that CASH is not allowed to pay for the buses and tram.

RTA Red Ticket
Features Silver Nol Gold Nol Personal Nol Red ticket
can be used on Metro, Bus, Water Bus, Parking Metro, Bus, Water Bus, Parking Metro, Bus, Water Bus, Parking Bus, Metro & Water Bus
e-purse (loadable) YES YES YES YES
Get it from Ticket office, RTA Customer service center, Authorized sales agents Metro ticketing offices Ticket Office, Online Ticket Offices, Ticket vending machine
Required Documents None None Photo and National ID
1. Disabled card: Copy of Disability card (for the disabled);
2. Senior Card: National ID and Photo only;
3. Student card: A stamped letter from school (for students)
Price AED 25 (and this includes AED 19 e-purse value) AED 25 (and this includes AED 19 e-purse value) AED 70 (and this includes AED 20 e-purse value) Depends on your destination
Requires Activation No No Yes, at the ticketing office No
Validity 5 years 5 years 5 years 90 days
Top Up/Loading places Ticketing offices, Ticket Vending machines, RTA Customer service center Ticketing offices, Ticket Vending machines, RTA Customer service center Ticketing offices, Ticket Vending machines, RTA Customer service center  


Take note of the following:

  1. Always keep your card with you and don’t forget to tap in once when you ride and tap out when you get off the vehicle. There are inspector that checks your card whether you did this, if found that you didn’t tap in, then they will charge you with ticket violation. (Fine is AED 200)
  2. When you are in any RTA vehicles, eating (even chewing of gums) and drinking is not allowed. (Fine is AED 100)
  3. There is a designated coach for women and children which is the first three coaches. Men are not allowed to stay in the women’s coach. Fine is AED 100.
  4. Do not put your feet on the seats. (Fine is AED 100); Smoking and carrying alcoholic drinks inside public transport is not allowed. (Fine is AED 200)
  5. Using forged NOL card or ticket. Fine is AED 500.
  6. Tampering or operating emergency facility/devices if not required. Fine is AED 2000.
  7. Be considerate to other people. Avoid shouting or talking in loud voices and playing music.
  8. Give seats to the pregnant women and women with young children.
  9. Avoid blocking and standing near the door if there are still space inside.
  10. Keep the vehicle and the station clean and smells good.

For your info: UAE government will conduct security checks for all foreign workers

Aside from the upcoming VAT implementation in the UAE, as per news outlet, those keen in moving and working here in UAE will likely have to undergo security checks. This means that they will be required to submit Police clearance certificate in order to be granted their UAE visa. 

This new process has already been approved last October 2016 and UAE’s FNC (Federal National Council) will soon pass a decision. At the moment, those who will be moving here to work are not required to submit their criminal history and there’s no concrete idea on how it will be put to work but most likely it will be put to practice for all new expats and maybe those who will renew their visas. 

Filipino Translation:

Para sa mga kabayan na may mga kilalang kaibigan o kamag-anak na nagbabalak manirahan at magtrabaho dito sa UAE, may bagong proseso kung saan kelangan sila sumailalim security check (maaring magpasa sila ng police clearance) para mabigyan ng UAE residence/working visa.

Hindi pa malinaw kung kelan ito sisimulan at kung ano ang talagang proseso pero may kasiguraduhan na may security or background check na gagawin. Ito ay para magkaron ng idea ang government officials na maayos ang background history ng mga maninirahan at magtatrabaho dito sa UAE. Nabanggit din na maaari rin itong ipatupad para sa mga magpaparenew ng visa nila.