You can save money on buses or Dubai Metro costs if you frequently use public transportation in the United Arab Emirates.
You must apply for a smart card issued by local transit authorities in the UAE in order to take advantage of this discount. In Dubai, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah, students can already take advantage of discounted public transit costs.
You must, however, meet certain standards and present documentation proving your enrollment in a school or institution in the UAE in order to apply for the card. Here is everything you require to know.
Dubai – 50 percent discount on the bus, Metro, or Tram
Students in Dubai who commute by public transit must apply for a blue personal nol card from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Only RTA buses, Dubai Metro, and Tram are eligible for the student discount.
A personalized card connected to your Emirates ID is the blue Nol card.
The student card is renewed after its initial year of use. If you don’t renew the card, you’ll be charged the full ticket without the discount.
Through the RTA’s official website, www.rta.ae, or mobile application, “RTA Dubai,” you can apply for the blue Nol card.
The following documents must be uploaded for the personal NOL card application if you are a student:
- A copy of the current Emirates ID on both sides.
- An image of yourself with a white background.
- A certified document attesting to the applicant’s status as an enrolled student in the UAE.
The cost of a student card is Dh70.
The application fee is Dh50, and the card will have a balance of Dh20.
Ajman – 30 percent discount on bus fares
Students in Ajman who use the standard Masaar bus card can receive a special discount on bus prices.
You can apply for the card either in person at Sheikh Abdullah Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street’s major “Al Musalla bus station” in Ajman or online through the Ajman Transport Authority’s official website, ta.gov.ae.
You must present documentation proving your enrollment in a school or university in the UAE in order to obtain the card. These papers comprise the following:
- Emirates ID
- A valid student ID or letter of enrollment (if requested by the authorities)- to be apply to get the discount for the student category on the card
You must spend Dh25 to sign up for the card, after which you will receive Dh20 as a balance to use on the card.
Ras Al Khaimah – 50 percent off on bus fares
Internal bus fares for students utilizing Ras Al Khaimah’s public transportation are discounted by 50%. However, intercity bus tickets are not eligible for the special student discount.
You must apply for the Silver Card—for college and high school students—to receive the discount. For the silver card, you must present both your Emirates ID and an authorized student ID.
The primary bus station in the Al Dhait region is Al Hamra Bus Station, where you can purchase a silver bus card.
The silver card costs Dh20, for which you get a balance of Dh10.
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