Gitex 2019: Dubai’s RTA unveils ‘virtual’ Nol card

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled its ‘virtual’ Nol card, which allows users to load a Nol card on to a mobile phone and use it to access transport services in the emirate. 

The virtual Nol card can be used to pay for public transport fares, as well as other payments such as parking fees, shopping at certain retail outlets and refuelling stations. The Nol card can be recharged using credit or debit cards that are saved on mobile phones.

The RTA unveiled the new technology at Gitex 2019, with plans to launch it for users in Q3 2020. 

“We are keen to familiarise the public with this initiative for buying the virtual Nol card and saving it in their mobile phones where they can top-up the card directly from their credit cards, which are saved in their phones,” said Mohammed Al Khayat, director of Automated Fare Collection at RTA’s Corporate Technology Support Services Sector.

“The NFC feature has to be enabled in smartphones of riders such that they can use the virtual Nol card in paying fares for metro, bus, tram and marine transport services.

“RTA is planning to roll out the virtual Nol card in the third quarter of 2020. Later on, all the existing Nol card functions will be added to the virtual card. Offering this initiative couldn’t have come at a better time as Dubai is heading towards the hosting of a big event, Expo 2020,” he added.

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