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21 February 2024

Pay for Uber, Careem with Nol card

By Staff

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has revealed plans for an integrated mobility platform, which will allow residents to pay for all mass transit systems with the simple use of their Nol card.

This service could also extend to app-based taxi services such as Uber and Careem by next year, the RTA further confirmed.

Speaking at the Dubai Integrated Mobility Platform, Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed the authority’s intention to launch an Integrated Mobility Platform in Dubai, enabling customers an easy access to all mass transit systems through a single window (smart app).

In this transit hub, RTA’s multi-modal transit systems (metro, tram, buses, marine transit means, and taxis) will be integrated with transit systems of other entities in Dubai such as limo service, Palm monorail, and Dubai Trolley.

At a later stage, the services might extend to include electronic booking of taxi services such as Uber and Careem; all integrated in one app enabling the user to book the service and pay the fare.

Speaking at the event, At Tayer stated: “The Dubai Integrated Mobility Platform fulfils RTA’s vision of Safe and Smooth Transport for All and conforms to its first strategic goal (Smart Dubai), second strategic goal (Integrated Dubai), and the third strategic goal (People Happiness).”

Al Tayer further explained the project will offer users available mobility options, and enable the user to plan the journey and arrange the booking and payment in a “smooth and integrated manner.”

He added: “The project will be undertaken in several phases [and] expected to be concluded in 2017.

“Phase I includes developing the technological infrastructure of the platform, integrating RTA transit means, integrating limo services of the Dubai Taxi Corporation, providing info about bikes, cycling tracks and racks, starting the issuance of operation permits for the electronic taxi booking services such as Uber, Careem and others, and developing a system for organisational monitoring of limo services.”

During phase II, the RTA will integrate electronic taxi booking services, and establishing agreements with some partners and integrating them in a partial manner with the platform.

Phase III is concerned with holding agreements with most stakeholders to integrate them in the platform, and establishing the payment process offered by the Platform using NOL card, al Tayer added.