Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is set to introduce a mobile version of its Nol transit card next year. This will enable both tourists and local residents to use their NFC enabled smartphones to travel on the metro, tram, bus and maritime public transportation services.
According to the RTA, the Nol virtual card is planned to be launched in the third quarter of 2020. This will be followed by subsequent stages through which all the functions of the current Nol card will be introduced to it.
NFC transit ticketing has been available in Dubai since 2013 however it has been restricted to Nol transit card holders who have a contract with local mobile network providers. The new system, set to roll out in 2020 will allow travelers to load a digital-only Nol virtual card onto their NFC smartphone, add credit to their account from their phone and then use it to pay for their fares.
In addition to this, the RTA also signed a contract last week with Mastercard for a study into the viability of adding the ability for passengers to use their bank cards to pay their fare.