Double-check your NOL swipe as you check-in on Dubai buses


By Majorie van Leijen

Divya, an Indian resident of Dubai was not aware of any wrongdoing, when she used her NOL card to pay for her bus trip. She even swiped her card twice; as she had not heard the confirming ‘beep’ that she was expecting to hear when she tried to check in the first time.

But the second swipe checked her right out, as the first attempt had actually succeeded. Bad luck did the rest; five minutes later a team of inspectors entered the bus, and she was fined for riding the bus without paying.

Other than checking in to Dubai metro, there is no gate that opens when swiping the NOL card in a Dubai bus. Here, the focus should be on the screen, which tells you whether you checked in or out, and how much is charged for the bus ride. More info


  1. yea that happens. I also got fined but on request they just gave me warning. There should be a way to confirm it…sometimes there is not even beep. And to re confirm when we swipe card it charge us and we need to check in again also. RTA inspectors should catch ppl travelling for free and not for people in such situations.