By Samir Salama gulfnews.com
Starting April 30, residents will have to pay to park their cars in more than 3,700 spaces in two areas along Abu Dhabi’s Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum or Airport Road, where parking is currently free of charge, a senior official said on Monday.
He said a parking zone complete with payment machines had been created between Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (Airport Road) and Al Karama Street, and Delma Street and Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Street, providing a total of 2,055 spaces.
The second paid-parking zone is located between East Road and Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, and Delma Street and Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Street and provides a total of 1,674 parking slots.
Paid parking hours in these areas are also to be extended until 10pm, from 9pm at present. The new timings — from 8am to 10pm — will also gradually take effect in other areas, from Saturday to Thursday, at a rate of Dh3 per hour for Premium Parking (highlighted by turquoise and white kerb stones) with a maximum stay of 4 hours, and Dh2 per hour or Dh15 per day for Standard Parking (set apart by turquoise and black kerb stones).
As with other paid parking services, no charges will apply during official holidays. However, fines will be issued to cars parked illegally whatever the time.
Most congested areas
There are plans to introduce a pay-to-park system in 71,000 spaces across Abu Dhabi by the end of this year.
Mawaqif was launched by the Department of Transport in 2009 to ease the chronic shortage of parking spaces in some of Abu Dhabi’s most congested areas by offering parking spaces to residents and commuters with the aim of ensuring a greener, more accessible and less congested city while supporting the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision of making the city one of the leading capitals in the world.
Applying for permits
Residents in paid-parking areas can apply for parking permits at Mawaqif customer service centres. Documents required to obtain Mawaqif permits include: passport copy showing valid residence visa, lease of contract or residency ownership proof, most recent electricity bill, vehicle ownership details, relationship proof for vehicle owner if different from the tenancy contract.
Annual fees amount to Dh800 for the first vehicle and Dh1,200 for the second vehicle. Customer service representatives are available at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centre on Hamdan Street, Central Market, and Department of Transport customer service centre at Marina Mall.