Things you should not do at the Dubai Metro

I was at the metro yesterday when suddenly  a lady from RTA came and check “nol” cards. While she was checking, she was talking to the lady on my front. I can’t understand what they’re talking since they were speaking Arabic, but the tone of their voice seems like they are arguing of something. Then, the RTA lady point to a sign printed on the wall of the train. It turned out that the lady passenger was chewing a gum while on board, which is prohibited. She was then apprehended and most likely would be fined.

Everyday I use the metro, but I don’t really know all the stuff that are prohibited inside the train except those that are printed on the walls. Do you know?

So I did a research and thought of sharing it. Read on, to learn about the things you shouldn’t do while on board theDubai.

  • Operating or using any security or safety system such as the emergency exits unless it is essential to do so – Dhs 2000
  • Destroying, sabotaging or tampering with the systems, tools or seats of public transport modes – Dhs 500
  • Using of fake Nol Cards – Dhs 500
  • Sleeping in passenger shelters or prohibited areas – Dhs 300
  • Parking vehicles in the metro Park and Ride facilities for more than 48 hours – Dhs 250
  • The use of public transport modes and services, or entering/exiting the fare zones without paying the prescribed fare – Dhs 200
  • Failure to comply with the instructions or disrupting the business of RTA inspectors or persons authorized by the RTA – Dhs 200
  • Failing to present the unified card on demand, using a third party card, using an expired /invalid card, and selling a unified card without prior permit from the RTA – Dhs 200
  • Spitting, littering or performing any act that can pollute the public transport means – Dhs 200
  • Smoking on board public transport means or within public transport premises or services – Dhs 200
  • Carrying dangerous materials on board public transport means, facilities and services such as weapons, sharp objects, and inflammable materials – Dhs 200
  • Carrying of alcoholic drinks – Dhs 200
  • Selling goods & commodities on board public transport means – Dhs 200
  • Impacting the public transport driver by any action or behaviour capable of detracting the attention of the driver or blocking the driver’s visibility during driving (for the RTA buses) – Dhs 200
  • Causing inconvenience to the users of public transport means, facilities & services or impacting their comfort by any means – Dhs 100
  • Using the lifts or escalators in an inappropriate manner – Dhs 100
  • Climbing or jumping over public transport facilities or services – Dhs 100
  • Using public transport means, facilities and services contrary to the instructions stipulated by the RTA and displayed on the directional signs – Dhs 100
  • Undermining the convenience of public transport users in any form – Dhs 100
  • Entering or sitting in places designated for special categories – Dhs 100
  • Eating & drinking at prohibited places – Dhs 100
  • Opening the door or exiting a public transport means while it is moving between stations and stops – Dhs 100
  • Accompanying pets inside public transport means, facilities and services except for guidance dogs used b visually-impaired travelers – Dhs 100
  • Carrying or using materials/ equipment that may cause inconvenience to other passengers or undermine their safety – Dhs 100
  • Standing / sitting on any part of public transport means, facilities or services not designated for passenger use – Dhs 100
  • Placing the feet on seats – Dhs 100
  • Parking of vehicles at the metro park and ride facilities for more than 24 hours – Dhs 100                                  source:

DIY Pen Holder

Sharing this DIY pen holder. Over the weekend, I was thinking of getting a new pen holder for my and the kids pens. As I was cleaning the kitchen and sorting stuffs to trash, I got hold of an empty small milk can of my boys. As I was about to dump it on the trash bin, I thought of recycling it, and make it a pen holder. This these I really need to be frugal, so such ideas are popping up on my mind. I carefully thought of how can I cover the prints of the can. This is how I did it.

First, I cleaned the can.
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Then, covered it with white bond paper. I cut it to according to it’s size.
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And then, I stick a self adhesive circle labels, making a red and blue polka dots design.
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And there, I got my easy peasy diy pen holder.
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Back in the Desert | New things I found in Dubai

I have never thought that I will be going back to UAE after 8 years. Year 2007 when I first landed in UAE and worked for a little over 2 years. When the economic crises hit the country in 2009, my husband and I were transferred in a different workplace somewhere in Asia. And now we are back where we used to be 8 years ago. I never sought of going back, but my husband just took a seat in their Dubai office once again. And that’s explain why we are back, but this time with our two bubbly boys.

Going back to the place we now called our second home, I noticed a lot of improvements compared 8 years ago. It’s just impressive how this wealthy country has continuously thriving economy. And although it is considered a luxurious city, meaning there’s a high cost of living, many have still tried their luck, trying to make ends meet with a hope for a greener pasture.

Being back and calling now my family a desert dwellers, I got a handful list of things I found commendable and thankful that the emirates offers its thousands expats.

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my boys with grandma at the metro

The Dubai Metro – when we left the country in 2009, the metro construction was still on going. I can still remember how hard it was being a commuter. The long taxi queue at the malls on weekends, the rigor of booking a cab, especially during rush hours and battling off to get on the bus so I’ll get on time for work. Now, with the metro serving the city of Dubai, I can conveniently commute from Al Nahda to my work place in Business Bay for 30-40 minutes. Although it gets too crowded at the metro during rush hours, commuters have an option to take the gold line which is not as crowded as the regular silver line but it will double the cost.

The Burj Khalifa – just like the metro, Burj Khalifa was still under construction when we left 8 years ago. Now, you can take your selfie with the stunning world tallest building built in the city of Dubai. You can even take the chance to see an aerial view of the city from the top of Burj Khalifa.
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Improved Buses – I remember battling off to get in the old bus, so I would be on time for work. Buses that time don’t use “nol” cards, payment was conventional at that time. Now with the rise of the cost of living in the city, most buses use “nol” cards which is an automated payment. They’re modern and tidy.

The Rise of Filipino Restaurant / Fastfood – I can name 2 to 4 Filipino restaurant before, but now, with the rise of Filipino restaurants in UAE, i bet you won’t miss your favorite Filipino dish. Buffet restos have been a hype to Filipinos at this time. Plus the coming of our all time favorite fast food, happily serving the kabayans in the UAE since first quarter of this year.

Availability of Filipino Goods – apart from the handful Filipino supermarket it is just soo good that filipino goods are much more available in UAE today. I found various groceries, having a designated section for filiipino goods. I was even surprised to see banana leaves being sold in a supermarket.

The Growing Christian Churches – Our church back home has its branch in Dubai, which does not exist 8 years ago, hence we were attending different church. I am also glad, knowing that some of my friends have found a new life through christian churches here in UAE.

These are just few things I found commendable in almost a month of being back in UAE. I know there are more to explore.