Paid parking suspended in Abu Dhabi centre

Abu Dhabi has suspended paid parking facilities in its busy town centre but there was no immediate explanation for the stoppage, the Arabic language daily Al Khaleej said on Thursday.

Drivers trying to park their cars in Hamdan Street this week could not use the scores of pay machines planted in that area, the busiest in the capital, the paper said, quoting a statement by Mawaqif, which runs paid parking services in the city of one million people.

“Mawaqif gave no reason for the sudden suspension but it could be because of bottlenecks caused by the expansion works on the nearby Salam Street,” the paper said.

Mawaqif has been locked in a project to turn most areas in Abu Dhabi into paid parking spaces in a bid to end the long-standing car parking problems in the capital. The project involves more than 40,000 spaces, far below the more than 400,000 cars in the city.

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