Free public transport in Dubai on Friday


By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Dozens of gifts will up for grabs for commuters including Nol cards and cash prizes apart from free trips on Friday as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) marks fourth Public Transport Day (PT Day) in Dubai.

More than half a million Nol card holders are expected to use free trips from 1am to midnight on Friday on Dubai Metro, public buses and water bus as RTA marks the annual event.

Being held under the theme of ‘Progress with Dubai’, the PT Day is marked to promote use of mass transit means among the masses and classes.

A slew of activities are planned for the day that includes, a public transport marathon starting from Burj Plaza, a used book expo, a marine parade at Dubai Creek, a Dubai Tram show as well as several health camps at different locations.

“We have planned activities that reflect the true benefits of using public transport on a daily basis. We believe using public transport improves fitness of commuters that is the reason why we organise health related activities on PT Day to drive home the point,” said Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.

Free medical checkups will be conducted for interested metro riders at the Dubai Healthcare City and Airport Terminal 3 stations, with the tests including blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, body weight and height. Additionally, a blood donation campaign will also be held at Al Ghubaiba Bus Station. More info