Some fancy artificial islands may disintegrate in Dubai – contactless, however, is about to integrate!

Dubai’s Nol Card – the Oystercard of the Middle East, if you like – is getting a “shop and go” make over, according to plans of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). RTA is planning to integrate credit and debit functionalities, making it easier for users to use one card for all both shopping and transportation.

“We will award the contract to selected banks after bidding in July this year but will try to launch the card by the end of this year,” said Abdullah Al Madani, chief executive officer of the RTA’s Corporate Technical Support Service Centre.

The Nol Card project in itself has been a phenomenal success since its launch in September last year. 2 Million cards have been sold  in just seven months and a total of 113 million transactions recorded, including parking ticket purchase, bus and metro fares as well as water buses.

The new scheme will certainly push the contactless merchant locations in Dubai. In terms of NFC trials, Dubai is also set to go with a trial planned to take place this year with Visa payWave technology from Emirates NBD and the country’s largest operator Etisalat.

Into the League they go!

And with all of this in mind – Dubai has leapfrogged into our Contactless & NFC City League.  Check out the current status here. We are missing some bits of pieces of information, so if you have any, please leave us a comment to push Dubai’s position up the league.

(Image Credit: MeganHirons Mahon/Gulf New)

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