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Travellers to and from Dubai will no longer be able to purchase a paper ticket to get on the bus, as the Nol card has been introduced as the sole payment method on intercity bus travel.
With the exception of Abu Dhabi, where the old fashioned payment method will remain to exist until the end of this year, the paper ticket has been phased out and the Nol card has been introduced in all emirates, explained Adel Shakeri, Adel Shakeri, Director of Transportation Systems at the Road and Transport Authority (RTA).
Ticket office machines and vending machines have also been introduced in other emirates, as bus routes are operated between Dubai and Ajman, Fujairah and Hatta. Travellers can also top-up their Nol card online.
Although it may be a little confusing for travellers unfamiliar with the typical Dubai payment method, the RTA ascertains that the Nol card will only benefit the traveller. ?The main reason for the pashing out of the paper ticket is to reduce queues at the bus stations. It will increase customer satisfaction,? said Adel.
Further, ridding the public of paper tickets in paying public transport fares translates into conserving the environment through reducing wood consumption, the sole source of paper manufacturing, he added.