The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will offer free rides on Dubai Metro, public buses and water buses for Nol card users on November 1, to mark the UAE’s Public Transport Day, local website emirates24/7 reported on Wednesday.

Hussain Al Banna, Director of Traffic at the Traffic & Roads Agency and Deputy Head of Public Transport Day, said: “The objective of the event is to attract the public and introduce them to the benefits of using public transport. Holders of Nol cards will be offered free rides on the day on public transport means including the metro, public buses and the Water Bus.”

The RTA will also give out prizes such as iPads, bikes and free Nol cards for public transport users attending quizzes conducted by the RTA.

“We have prepared a number of events at the metro stations, Al Seef Road, Al Guhbaiba Bus Stations and inside RTA premises. The RTA has allocated a number of prizes for public quizzes where winners will be awarded iPads, bikes and Nol cards in addition to a host of prizes that will be distributed free of charge to public transport users,” the website quoted Al Banna as saying.

RTA has prepared a contest titled ‘look for the key’, where 10 bikes will be offered for lucky commuters who can find the key located in one of the metro stations.

The Deputy Head of Public Transport Day said: “We have also got a contest titled ‘The Best Image of a Public Transport Means’ for which participation photos can be uploaded on RTA portal on the Facebook. Six winning photos will be selected and the first three finishers will receive iPads, and the other three will go away with Nol Cards with a balance of AED500 ($136) per card.”

“10 Nol cards, with a balance of AED250 ($68), will be distributed to the winners of the Radio Contest to be transmitted in some local radios during the Public Transport Day,” he added.