The traffic rules and regulations in the UAE include a detailed parking system. It has evolved over the years to accommodate demands and cost structures. The system can be confusing for both residents and visitors who are new to the country. In addition, violating these rules could attract a hefty fine. Thus, getting familiar with these parking rules is important to those who own or rent a car. The good thing about big cities in the UAE, be it Dubai or Abu Dhabi, is that most residential and commercial buildings provide parking. Since early last year, local transport authorities govern public parking areas in respective emirates, which have become paid zones. Parking costs vary depending on the location, facility, and duration.
Parking fees in non-commercial areas are roughly 2 AED for 1 hour of parking, 5 AED for 2 hours, 8 AED for 3 hours. Premium parking (blue and white colours) costs 3 AED per hour with a maximum stay of four hours. Standard parking (blue and black colours) is 2 AED per hour or 15 AED for a day. Parking is free during Fridays and national holidays as implemented by the Department of Transport (DoT). More so, people with special needs are entitled to park free of charge. Parking spaces near mosques are also exempt from fees, but only 45 minutes from the call to prayer.
No matter what city you are in, whether you are driving your car or book with a rent a car company, you can pay for parking using these methods:
- Buy a parking ticket using the official currency coins at the nearest paid parking machine.
- Use a prepaid or rechargeable parking card, which you can buy from supermarkets or stores. These are available in 30, 50, and 100 AED increments, recommended for individuals with a long term car rental.
- Pay via mParking service that allows motorists to pay for their parking permit using their Etisalat and Du mobile phones via SMS. You can read more about it here.
- The RTA app also offers a fast and quick way to pay for parking, and even helps drivers locate the correct parking space, service centers, and metro stations.
- Use your Nol card to buy your parking ticket. It is an electronic ticketing card for all modes of public transport. UAE banks also feature credit cards with built-in Nol chips.
- Pay with a seasonal parking permit, which can be bought online from the RTA website. It is available in different values, periods of validity, and parking zones.
With the ongoing pandemic, people are advised to pay for their parking electronically to avoid spreading the virus. The UAE is strict when it comes to enforcing its parking system. Parking illegally can cost you up to 500 AED. Parking is prohibited areas, such as those allocated for ambulances and people with special needs, which can attract a fine of 1,000 AED. Incurred penalties can be paid at the RTA branch in your emirate. That is why, when parking, always check roadside signs for RTA parking rules – purchase a parking ticket or mPark notification if required.
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