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Tecom paid parking system fully operational

Free parking available in multi-storey car park building

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 18:06 April 28, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News
  • The reserved parking, which was fully operational from April 13, is available only for firms based in the area and special parking permits are issued based on the office space rented by each firm.

Dubai: Thousands of special parking permits have been issued as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) fully implements the paid parking system in Tecom-developed areas of Dubai Internet City, Media City and Knowledge Village.

The new parking management system introduced in January this year, involves two types of parking, the on-street paid parking, which is availed of by payment through meters or mParking and off-street reserved parking.

The reserved parking, which was fully operational from April 13, is available only for firms based in the area and special parking permits are issued based on the office space rented by each firm. The bigger the office space of a firm, the higher number of parking permits it can avail of.

“We have issued thousands of cards already and the parking management system is fully operational now. Anyone parking their vehicles in the big parking lots without permits will be fined,” said Adel Al Marzouqi, Director of Parking at RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.

Parking permits S1, S2 and S3 issued for Tecom-based customers are only valid for the three business parks and the regular permits A and B are not applicable in these areas.

Though the paid parking system was intended to ease parking congestions however, with increasing demand, more parking spaces are being created.

“Signs of paid parking zones have been put up across all three business parks and all available locations are being cordoned off to build more spaces, with as many as 500 more spaces being added,” Al Marzouqi said.

Interestingly, free parking spaces are still available in the area in multi-storey car parking buildings and basements of several buildings.

“There are hundreds of parking spaces in RTA’s car parking buildings which people can avail of. Apart from the first two floors, parking is free on the rest of the floors and people should make use of this,” Al Marzouqi said.

Parking is also available in the basements of several buildings, which will also be controlled in the next phase of the parking management system.

Encouraging people to use public transport, RTA has introduced several new and direct routes from the area, including 08, 83, 84, 85, 88, X28, F31.

“These routes cover Discovery Gardens, Ghubaiba station, Deira, Satwa station,and Al Quoz in addition to introducing and increasing internal transit routes running from the Metro stations adjacent to Tecom within the zone. The RTA is also working on increasing the number of air-conditioned bus stops,” said Maitha Bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency.

Comments (9)

  1. Added 17:40 April 29, 2013

    Now everybody is talking about productivity & Smart work. If you are looking at the people's comment, everybody is ready to pay the Parking fee. But RTA has to come up with Seasonal Parking card system for at least for this Zone. RTA should not consider the same strategy as Deira Fish Market Zone, as that area is meant for that. But Tecom area is a full time working class area. Whoever is paying for the parking ticket, every time they need to concentrate on their parking expiry time. End of the day concentration on the work will be lost. Hope RTA thinks wisely & will introduces seasonal parking cards for this zone as well.

    Shabu, Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:32 April 29, 2013

    What about the residence area in the mid of TECOM. CORDOBA RESIDENCE, please can someone explain how can i pay every each hour for my second car parking in front of my house. RTA is not taking the subject with all the angles. The people may go to their offices by bus or etc. But how can i leave my house or how can i use my house in this way. We are suffering due to this new decision of RTA.

    Aki, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:38 April 29, 2013

    Parking in Media City has become a living nightmare. My coffee jar piggy bank ran out last week. My phone credit needs constant topping up. It's costing me over a hundred dirhams a week I'm in need of help and I can't stop crying.

    yousef, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:20 April 29, 2013

    I work for a company of 138 employees in DIC. We were issued with a total of 16 parking permits. Please do the maths on that! Everyone else has to pay for 9 hours of parking per day, they wouldn't mind, but there is a fight for parking spaces each morning.

    Shaikha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:05 April 29, 2013

    The municipality and RTA are fixated on reducing traffic but while old and cheap cars are available to buy and parking is 'relatively' cheap (but perhaps an inconvenient walk to the office), people will not be discouraged from using their own vehicles. RTA MUST invest in a more comprehensive bus service (particularly from Dubailand areas up into town) and implement Park and Ride schemes. I would gladly use Park and Ride if available and also a bus, but I have been told that Motor City/Sports City is unsafe for buses!

    Louise, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:58 April 29, 2013

    We need a new technology hub. With a better planning. Tecom has failed to provide basic services like parking etc.

    Siddiq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:17 April 29, 2013

    Its really sad situation here in tecom, based in Loft Offices our company has been assigned very few parking's as we are not part of tecom and Lofts being operated by a bldg mgmt company. All parkings in the multi storey car park are occupied by TECOM and we are all suffering due to all parking's being paid or permit only. How can you expect a person to pay for parking for 10 hours for the rest of years of our employment in this area. Neither our companies have as yet provided any relief by providing or paying half for purchasing the parking spaces. I personally have sought a free unpaved parking which is 10-15 mins walk to the office in the hot morning sunlight and its just a temporary resort like me many others are parking there which will not last long its a matter of days before RTA starts fining our cars. Praying we get relief.

    K, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:56 April 29, 2013

    I completely agree with the above comment, I'm happy to pay but surely RTA can come up with a more convenient method. Encouraging people to use public transport is a good thing but what happens when you don't live near a metro or bus route? Is it realistic to ask us to walk for miles and stand in queues with the kind of heat we face during the Summer? It has even become difficult to find a taxi nowadays!

    David, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:11 April 29, 2013

    “There are hundreds of parking spaces in RTA’s car parking buildings which people can avail of. Apart from the first two floors, parking is free on the rest of the floors and people should make use of this,” Al Marzouqi said. The above statement is quite simply not true. The upper floors are reserved for people with parking permits only. There are not enough parking permits per company and it is very difficult for ordinary working people to park near their work. Why on earth can we only pay to park for 4 hours at a time? I work for 10 hours a day. Therefore, I have to send 3 text messages a day, each of which I am charged for.

    Martyn, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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