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After seven months in the UAE, you’d expect an expat to already know her ways around its country’s most popular city- Dubai. But not me and perhaps a few others.

I do take the metro on a day to day basis. And this pic is a scene on Sheikh Zayed Road from the foot bridge of World Trade Center metro station. Why do I take the metro? It’s one of the best ways to see the cityscape with its skyscrapers. Also, this gives you a feel about the dynamic and energy of the people in Dubai. Most importantly, it’s cheap and fast.

Now before you buy your Nol Card, it is important to know the rules when using the metro.

Remember these rules from the RTA:

“Category A

Fine will be 100 AED:

Causing inconvenience, discomfort or distress to other passengers in any way whatsoever.
Entering cabins or sitting in seats reserved for certain categories of passenger when not eligible to do so.
Putting your feet on seats.
Eating and drinking on trains and other prohibited areas.
Using lifts or escalators in an improper manner.
Climbing or jumping on any public transport building or vehicle.
Non compliance with RTA’s instructions for the use of public transport facilities and public transport vehicles as directed by signage.
Entering into prohibited areas of the public transport environment or public transport vehicles.
Opening the door or attempting to access or leave any public transport vehicle that is moving.
Bringing animals onto any public transport vehicle or environment, except guide dogs for blind passengers.
Carrying or using materials or equipment that an cause disturbance or a safety hazard to other passengers.
Standing or sitting on any part of the public transport environment and public transport vehicles not designated for passengers.
Parking in a Metro user’s designated space for more than 24 hours.

Category B

Fine will be 200 AED:
Traveling without a valid ticket for your intended journey.
Using personalised travel cards belonging to someone else.
Failing to comply with the instructions of RTA’s inspectors or authorised personnel.
Failing to produce a Nol card upon request.
Using an expired or invalid Nol card.
Spitting, littering or causing any visible stains to any public transport vehicle or environment.
Carrying weapons, flammable articles or any hazardous materials inside any public transport vehicle or environment.
Carrying alcoholic drinks inside any public transport vehicle or environment.
Selling goods, merchandise or promoting anything by way of advertisement inside any public transport vehicle or environment.
Smoking inside any public transport vehicle or environment.
Selling a Nol card without permission from RTA.
Distracting the driver of any public transport vehicle or commit any action which may cause visual obstruction whilst on a moving public transport vehicle.”

 

More on metro guide here:  http://metro.rtaprojects.me

 

Enjoy the ride! 🙂