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Navigating Dubai’s Nol Cards: Choose the Right Fit for You

The variety of Nol cards issued by Dubai's RTA caters to varied demands for students, commuters, and tourists experiencing Dubai.

For students, commuters, or tourists exploring Dubai, the array of Nol cards offered by Dubai’s RTA caters to diverse needs and amenities beyond transport services. 

Here’s a comprehensive guide to assist you in selecting the ideal Nol card for your requirements.

Silver Card:

The Silver Nol card, synonymous with regular travel, is valid across RTA transportation and non-transport services.

  • Cost: Dh25 upfront, including Dh19 credit.
  • Max Balance: Up to Dh1,000 for anonymous users, Dh5,000 for registered users.
  • Validity: 5 years

Gold Card:

Like the Silver Nol card, the Gold Nol card offers access to all RTA transport modes, with the added benefit of a separate cabin in the metro and tram for its holders.

  • Cost: Dh25 upfront, including Dh19 credit.
  • Max Balance: Up to Dh1,000 for anonymous users, Dh5,000 for registered users.
  • Validity: 5 years

Red Ticket:

Designed for occasional travelers, the Red Ticket is a paper disposable option valid for a single mode of transport within RTA services.

  • Cost: Dh2 per ticket.
  • Max Balance: Up to 10 journeys or five daily passes.
  • Validity: 90 days or ten trips.

Personal Card:

Tailored for specific groups, the Personal Nol card (the ‘blue’ card) offers concession fares and convenient recovery options for lost or stolen cards.

  • Cost: Dh70 with Dh20 credit.
  • Max Balance: Up to Dh5,000.
  • Validity: 5 years

Eligibility and Application Details:

Eligible groups and required documentation for obtaining a Personal Nol card are as follows:

  • Students (Ages 5-23): Valid Emirates ID, personal photo, and official document from a UAE school/university.
  • People of Determination (Residents/Tourists): Valid Emirates ID or passport, personal photo, and relevant determination documentation.
  • Senior Citizens (Above 60): Valid Emirates ID, recent personal photo.
  • Social Affairs Beneficiaries: Valid Emirates ID, personal photo, official letter from CDA confirming eligibility.
  • Adults: Valid Emirates ID, personal photo.

Application Process:

The processing duration for online applications is up to 4 working days, while immediate issuance is available at Zoom shops. 

Additionally, customization of silver or gold cards, linking them to the Emirates ID, is an option for public transport users.

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