Shortage of Salik cards hit retail outlets


By Dhanusha Gokulan

Dubai — A shortage of Salik cards has hit retail outlets and convenience stores in petrol pumps across Dubai and Sharjah. There is a reported shortage of these cards in Ajman.

“In the last two weeks, suppliers haven’t given us a single card. Due to the shortage of the vouchers and cards people commuting from Sharjah to Dubai on a daily basis are not able to recharge their Salik tags,” said A Rafeek, a supermarket salesman in Sharjah.

“Not everyone uses the Salik app or e-recharge services. This shortage has affected people who do not have access to smart phone and website recharge services,” he added. The e-vouchers service, launched in August 2014, has not been made available to several stores across Dubai and Sharjah. Retail outlets like Spinneys and Zoom Supermarket in Dubai have also reported a shortage of both, e-vouchers and recharge cards.

A salesman at Spinneys in Al Barsha confirmed that there is a definite shortage of recharge cards. “We’ve had a shortage for the last three weeks and we’ve not received the e-voucher machines from RTA, as well. However, we’ve received instructions that the voucher system will be made available soon,” he said. Supermarket outlets like Choithram are still selling whatever cards are left over. More info