New paid parking areas in three Dubai Free Zones

Also: Paid parking timings extended in Abu Dhabi

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement for operating, managing and regulating the parking lots of Tecom Investments, a subsidiary of the Dubai Holding Group.

The agreement lasts for 10 years and covers around 9,084 parking slots in Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, and Dubai Knowledge Village.
 
The agreement was signed on behalf of the RTA by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, and on behalf of Tecom by Abdullatif Al Mulla, Group CEO.

Al Tayer expressed his delight with the signing of this agreement; the first of its kind in the free economic zones.

"The agreement aims to streamline the use of public parking, reduce traffic grids, provide the largest possible number of parking slots for users, and curb the disorderly and dangerous parking practices undermining the safety of road users.

"The implementation of paid parking zones contributes to optimizing the use of parking slots through enabling a single parking slot to be used by more than one vehicle, particularly in congested parts of the city; which are bustling with diverse trading and business activities."

For his part Abdullatif Al Mulla said: "The agreement will help sort out traffic congestions in areas where Tecom is operating; which is triggered by the disorderly parking of vehicles, and also streamline the entry and exit from our facilities." Al Mulla added that Tecom gave due considerations to the needs and requirements of investors and clients.

Paid parking timing extended in Abu Dhabi

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi will extend paid parking time until midnight. The rule is effective immediately after Eid Al Fitr holidays.

While most residents have expressed their concern over the new parking schedule, officials insist the rule is to make better use of parking lots.

Abu Dhabi extends paid parking time until midnight. The rule is effective immediately after Eid Al Fitr holidays.

While most residents have expressed their concern over the new parking schedule, officials insist the rule is to make better use of parking lots.

Mohammad Nasser Al Otaiba, GM, Mawaqif, Department of Transport, said the new rule will benefit a larger number of motorists as parking lots will be efficiently used.
 
He also added that Mawaqif had positively affected the lives of visitors and residents in Abu Dhabi. 

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