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RTA delays Tecom parking permits

Off-street parking free in Media and Internet cities, Knowledge Village till April 13

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 March 16, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News
  • Metered parking was introduced on streets in the three Tecom-developed areas of Internet City, Media City and Knowledge Village from January 15. Off-street parking will soon be available only for permit-holders.

Dubai: Tecom motorists will have to wait for another month to receive their special parking permits as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) delays activation of the parking reservation system in the area, Gulf News has learnt.

According to RTA’s new parking control system in three Tecom areas of Media City, Internet City and Knowledge Village, metered paid parking was introduced on streets from January 15, while off-street parking (big parking lots) would be available only for permit-holders.

The authority, in association with the Tecom management, began accepting applications for the special parking permits issued only for firms based in the area, and the system was scheduled to be active from March 13, which has now been delayed until April 13.

“We are working with Tecom authorities to redesign the zones and work is under way to define those. We have already put up signs on many parking lots and before April 13 we will get all work done and activate the system,” said Adel Al Marzouqi, speaking to Gulf News.

The three free zone areas have been divided into four zones — S1, S2, S3 and S4 — and parking permits issued for a particular zone won’t be valid for the other.

“Parking permit will be issued in the name of the firms and it will be valid for the zone in which a company is located. There are only limited spaces and we will be issuing the permits according to the spaces available. People with the permit for Zone S1 won’t be allowed to park in another zone,” he said.

So far, authorities have received around 1,000 applications and the permits will be issued with the activation date of April 13; until then parking in the big lots will be free.

The number of parking permits issued for a firm depends on the size of the floor space rented by the firm — the greater the space, the higher the number of permits.

Since the permit is issued in the name of companies, more than one employee of a firm can use the same card.

An annual permit will cost Dh2,500, while the six-month and three-month permits will cost Dh1,300 and Dh700 respectively.

However, the parking permits issued for Tecom areas won’t be valid in other areas of Dubai.

The permits can be applied through e-mail at parking@tecom.ae or by calling 04 3911111.

Al Marzouqi urged motorists to use RTA’s multistorey car parks in the Tecom areas, where parking is free except in Level 1 and Level 2.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 12:15 March 17, 2013

    What is the logic of not accepting the Parking Cards A & B, so I have to pay 2500/- for Bur Dubai, and 2500 for Tecom Free Zone. No more are Free Zone..

    Narendra Setpal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:33 March 17, 2013

    People just got fined today. Newspaper says something else...the reality is somethiing else. Paid parking is not required here. This is a commercial zone but not to the tune of paid parking at all. There is enough parking available except for 2 spots in the entire DIC, DMC, Knowledge village areas & to read something like "paid parking will allow users to park with ease" is an invalid statement. Companies will pay anyways. Does it look like they or we have a choice ????

    Arjun, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 09:45 March 17, 2013

    What are visitors to these buildings suppose to do? where do they park, with most companies looking to do business - restaurants, utility payment.. and the fact these cards are not valid in other zones - how is this improving situation within the area?

    SD, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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