The Dubai metro is one of the busiest metro services in the World with over 100 million people already used the Dubai metro in the first half of 2019. The metro is the cheapest form of transportation in Dubai so a lot of tourists and residents like to use it.
In order to keep the metro at its standards, the Dubai roads and transport authority has very strict rules that need to be adhered to ensuring that people of different cultures can use the Dubai metro comfortably everyday. We look at some things you can do on the metro that will get you on the spot fines and sometimes a jail sentence.
Sexual Offences like groping other passengers
This is a very serious offence and goes against every rule of decency in the world. This offence can get you between 3 months jail sentence, forfeiture of your Emirates ID, your name on a sex offenders register and also possible deportation.
Eating OR drinking
Eating or drinking inside the train AND on the platform is highly discouraged, so make sure you finish that sandwich before you scan your Nol card. Failing to do so will get you a fine of Dh100.
Block access to luggage area
This is especially true during the morning and evening rush. Arguments have sparked inside the train when travellers wanting to deposit their bags in the luggage area can’t do so because someone is blocking access to it – or even standing inside it. Save yourself the effort of having to argue with someone and just step away from the luggage area. It’s not a free standing area. Don’t be that “baggage”. You get a Dh100 fine for doing so.
Take an unauthorised ride in Gold Class or Ladies Section
Of course, this applies only if you don’t legally — and biologically — don’t fit in either category. Strictly no men are allowed inside the ladies section. In Gold Class, meanwhile, you’ll be fined if you fail to present your Nol Gold Card to the attendant inside the coach. Fine: Dh100
Causing inconvenience to others
It’s a broad topic but if other passengers complain about you while in transit, you can get into trouble. This could be anything from stepping on someone’s toes, bringing in objects that are too obstructive, or bringing in pets. Fine: Dh100
Sitting in areas not allocated for sitting
You’re not allowed to sit on the floor, on the sides of the escalator, on the stairs or the connecting tube between two train cars in a moving Metro. There are rare chances when police officers walk around the train and they will call you out if they notice you. Fine: Dh100.
Using someone else’s NoL card
The violation is incurred when you use the personalized NoL card of someone else (Blue Card). Getting caught doing so will get you a fine of Dh200.
Selling goods or promoting anything
If you have a cool product you want to sell, or a service you want to promote, the Metro is not the right place. And come to think of it, how can you even put up your pitch when its crowded inside the train? You also don’t want to end up paying a Dh200 fine, do you?
There are exceptions to the rule. First and foremost you cannot sleep in the waiting areas of the Metro, but you can sleep while in transit. If you get caught in the waiting areas, a Dh300 fine awaits you.
Damaging any part of the train
Tampering with and vandalising any part of the train also falls in this category and you can also get fined for damage made in the Metro stations. Fine: Dh500
Using the emergency features of the Metro.
.when there is no emergency. In a tightly packed train, for example, it’s easy to accidentally bump into the button of the intercom between the authorities and the train. That ‘little accident’ will get you a fine of Dh2000. So please be mindful about where you’re standing on the train, especially during rush hour.
Article compiled with materials from Khaleej Times
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