Dubai taxis now all have contactless card machines

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed that all 10,800 of its vehicles are now able to accept contactless payments. That means you can finish the journey using your debit card, credit card, smartphone via Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, or even your Nol card. Of course, you can still pay by cash if you want to.

Khaled Al-Awadi, Director of Transportation Systems at RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said: “This project has been undertaken gradually over several phases until the entire fleet of 10,800 taxis was covered.

“It is part of our efforts to make life easy for taxi users and enable them to pay taxi fares via sophisticated methods that limit the need to use cash for payment.”

Separately, the RTA is equipping all of its taxis with free WiFi by the end of this year as part of a deal with telecoms network du.

Riders will be able to connect their phones, tablets and other handheld devices to the wi-fi to access the internet totally free of charge.

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