Ever find yourself in a situation where you have no cash on you, there’s no ATM close by, and the place you’re at doesn’t accept credit cards, or maybe they do, and the systems are down? Enter in the handy nol card.
Originally introduced as a public transport pass to use for the Dubai metro trains, buses, marine transport, and trams, the nol card was eventually included as an alternate way to pay for public parking, groceries at select retail outlets, and government services in Dubai.
The new partnership, announced by Dubai Media Office between the RTA and Dubai Museums Company, means your nol card will be usable in museums across the city, including The Dubai Museum, Etihad Museum, Al Shindagha Museum and more.
It works the same way as it would if you were using it to pay for your metro or bus ride. A single tap and that’s it.
Unsure of how much cash you have on your card? Don’t worry, the RTA have thought of that too and have introduced nol card top-up stations at the venues to help make the process easier. Most of the the top-up machines also accept credit cards.
The RTA has said it plans on making the nol card the platform with which tourists and residents alike can access some of the city’s top attractions throughout the year. Work is ongoing to make it scalable depending on demand – and in the future it could become incorporated into wearable technology and biometrics, too.