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Mawaqif extends timings to midnight, offers a month for permit renewals

Mawaqif will be extending the paid parking hours to midnight from the current 9pm or 10 pm, immediately after Eid Al Fitr holidays

  • By Samir Salama, Associate Editor
  • Published: 00:00 July 17, 2012
  • Gulf News

A Mawaqif user
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  • Mawaqif will be extending the paid parking hours by two to three hours to midnight from the current 9pm or 10 pm, immediately after Eid Al Fitr holidays, a senior official said.

Abu Dhabi: Mawaqif will be extending the paid parking hours by two to three hours to midnight from the current 9pm or 10 pm, immediately after Eid Al Fitr holidays, a senior official said on Monday.

Mohammad Nasser Al Otaiba, general manager of Mawaqif at the Department of Transport, said from that date on residents will also be given a grace period of one month from the date of expiry of their permits, to get these permits renewed.

Al Otaiba said extending the paid parking hours until midnight will result in more efficient utilisation of parking spaces, so they can benefit a bigger number of Mawaqif users.

“This would also support commercial activities in these areas, while enabling residents and visitors to find dedicated parking spaces after 9pm,” Al Otaiba added.

Many residents, particularly in Khalidiya and Tourist Club areas, complain they spend up to two hours finding parking space.

They questioned the legality of being charged for a non-guaranteed service.

Mira Al Qasim, a columnist, said: “Why do we have to pay for a non-guaranteed service, which only lucky people get?”

Al Qasim demanded that parking tickets be suspended until multi-story parking buildings are built to provide enough spaces for drivers to park their cars.

Haytham Abdul Wahab, a long-time resident, said: “We are fighting with our neighbours over parking spaces. This thing has destroyed our social life! I never thought seriously about moving out of Abu Dhabi city before this Mawaqif came in.”

Sharon and Movin DSouza complained that although parking is supposedly for residents only, there are several mini buses, pickup trucks and other vehicles which are occupying parking slots.

Mawaqif general manger said the department have already added up to 6,000 parking spaces over the last two years and plans are to add 14,000 more parking spaces over the next five years.

“Up to 2016, the department plans to build five temporary steel structure parkings with 150 to 250 parking spaces each and a multi-storey parking building with 1,200 parking spaces will be constructed in Najda, Salam and Zayed the First streets. We’ve also rented out a huge plot of land in Khalidiya, providing 1,200 parking spaces,” Al Otaiba said.

Al Otaiba promised residents in the Tourist Club area that once the scheme is fully enforced in the area, it will be easier for drivers to find parking spaces.

“Right now the problem is caused because the paid parking system is softly implemented and tickets are being given to only people to park illegally, but the spaces are still free of charge, which attract other people to compete with residents over spaces.”


Comments (18)

  1. Added 09:27 July 18, 2012

    It is good news that mawaqif management has planned excellent solution and residence parking should be from midnight to 8 am currently it is from 9pm to 8am

    Ahmed , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 09:24 July 18, 2012

    I agree that Mawaqif was a success in some areas.. But for congested location like TCA, Mawaqif officials should provide maximum parking spaces, before they enforce a law like this. Mawaqif should inspect and bring an immediate and permanent solution for parking issues in all congested areas.

    Rob, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 09:15 July 18, 2012

    TCA looks way better now (neat & tidy) after Mawaqif being implemented but there are no space. i havent moved my car for the past 4 days, every single morning i have to grab a taxi to office else in the afternoon i wouldnt find a parking slot. we are forced to park like 1Km away in the middle of the sand knowing that (this park is temporarily) as well ...

    Ali , Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 07:39 July 18, 2012

    Mawaqif really needs to make more parking spaces in Tourist Club Area. They should not start fresh road works and block parking slots. this is exactly what is happening behind Al Dana Hotel, Emirates Bank and Fatima Supermarket. Once the residents are paying for the parking what is the sense in such a move and why are we paying to roam the street for 2 hours and wasting petrol just to get a parking space for which we are paying. I do not see any benefit to the common man from the extended paid parking hours. Mawaqif authorities make more parking spaces and then bring about new rules. When you take money give the facilities as we are paying our hard earned money. It is okay to pay when you get the proper service.

    Reena Pinto, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 00:05 July 18, 2012

    It is little harsh on residents. Extending timing will not solve any problem. There will still be same number of cars & same number of parking spots. Residents will just end up paying more. Just a humble request to Authorities, please increase parking space. it's very much required now when Abu Dhabi is on its way to being a world class city. I am still hoping for the best.

    Atif, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 23:19 July 17, 2012

    Even though many Residents are criticizing Mawaqif Paid parking in Abu dhabi,I am very thankful to Mawaqif not because i don't have parking problem,recently a fire broke out at mid-night at our bldg in TCA as many were asleep,due to Mawaqif parking the road & Building main entrance was clear of Vehicles and it was easy for 'Abu Dhabi Civil Defence' team to reach at the bldg before time and put off the fire immediately within half hour,thus saving the bldg from completely burning and savings life and belongings of the Residents.

    Anonymous, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 21:12 July 17, 2012

    Mawaqif should come up with an idea to easily identify residents permit in a certain area. At present, Mawaqif inspectors is wasting time in randomly checking the plate numbers of each cars if they have permit or not. In this present practice, inspectors cannot really pinpoint the non resident parking in a certain area . I would suggest that there should be a resident permit sticker in front of the wind shield of a car with the sector where his permit is valid enabling inspectors to easily identify resident and non reaident car.

    Derick Aranas, Abu Dhabi, Philippines

  8. Added 20:23 July 17, 2012

    It's been 2 years we are hearing about parking buildings coming up. Sadly not a single structure completed. People are struggling for parking at nights. Recently had to wait 2 hrs after 11pm.

    ajoy, abu dhabi, India

  9. Added 20:20 July 17, 2012

    The issue is with the availability of parking slots. the issue will never be solved by extending the pad parking hours till midnight! If you have 10 towers with each tower having 70 cars and you have 500 parking slots (even though the figure of 500 is not correct, beucase usually it is much lower than that), then where will the rest 200 cars park??!!!

    na, AUH, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:01 July 17, 2012

    I take a cab everywhere now days, there's no parking anywhere in downtown abu dhabi, and on top of that, they're enforcing mawaqif till midnight? This is an absolute outrage. They have not created a single extra parking space, people already used to park along the curbs where they've just drawn lines and call them "new parking spaces." The authorities need to take notice. What is a common middle-class suppose to do?

    Zain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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