No more free parking in Media City, Internet City and Knowledge Village

Students and office-goers left seething as Dubai Media City, Internet City and Knowledge Village come under paid-parking scheme

  • Pay more: Aiken, a 22-year old student of Knowledge Village uses the newly installed parking meter in the areaImage Credit: Anjana Kumar/XPRESS
  • Hear hear: The RTA has notified that public parking areas in Dubai Media City, Internet City and Knowledge VilImage Credit: Francois Nel/ XPRESS
  • IRKED: Ahmad, a journalist in Media City, is not happy with the new parking arrangementImage Credit: Francois Nel/ XPRESS
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Dubai: Carol Rodrigues, a 22 year-old second year psychology student at Middlesex University in Knowledge Village has just incurred a new personal expense - Dh400 a month for parking.

“I am paying Dh20 a day since Monday (January 28) for parking my vehicle here near my college in Knowledge Village. I am a second year student of psychology and come here every day except on weekends. Living in Abu Dhabi, I already spend heavily on petrol. Now, parking fees will be an added expenditure,” she told XPRESS.

Carol is not alone. Hundreds of people working and studying in Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and the Dubai Knowledge Village started paying parking fees this week, owing to a new move by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to relieve parking congestion in these areas.

Huda, a Moroccan student at Eton University in Knowledge Village, said she will have to start shelling out Dh16 a day to park her four-wheel drive near the college. “Apart from the cost, we have to remember to pay the fees even when we are studying, otherwise we risk being fined. ”

Aiken Geovic Fonseca, 20, a second year Advertising, Public Relations and Media student at Middlesex University, said students must get subsidised rates as parents are already paying heavily for college fees.

Officegoers in Internet City and Media City have also started to feel the burden of this additional cost. They also fear that paying for parking will not guarantee them a slot close to their offices since there is a massive demand for parking in these areas.

In a circular warning companies and colleges in the free-zone areas, RTA said it started implementing its new parking system from January 15. It will activate parking meters on all streets in phases including any off-street parking, reserved parking, basement and multi-storey reserved parking in the Tecom areas. The RTA plans to complete all activation by March 15.

Parking fee timings in Dubai Media City, Internet City and Knowledge Village will be from 8am to 6pm on weekdays (Saturday to Thursday). Cost to a Tecom employee in the area will be around Dh24 a day – assuming he is working for 10 hours (Dh2 for 1 hour, Dh5 for two hours, Dh8 for three hours, Dh11 for 4 hours).

“My life is going to become miserable,” said Y.I., a Dubai based journalist working in Media City. “My timings are erratic. I come to the office at 6am and leave late at night. This is a very big expense. There has to be some way out.”

Ahmad, another journalist working in Media City and living in The Gardens, has decided to commute to work by the Metro. “Apart from the fact that I will have to shell out a considerable amount every day for parking, there is no guarantee that I will get it or if I will get it close to my office. Until summer sets in I plan to use the Metro. After that I will eventually have to cough up the additional expenses.”

Clearly the RTA’s move has not gone down well with office goers. But the RTA is certain it will relieve the congestion at peak hours.

“The new parking move has been done to provide a solution to the growing demand for parking in the areas. It follows legitimate concerns raised by a number of our valued business partners about the availability of parking in areas allocated for their companies and employees. The implementation of the new parking management system will provide priority to business partners in Tecom buildings when trying to access the facilities made specifically available to them,” RTA’s circular says.

Meanwhile, the RTA has already started placing flyers on vehicles parked in the Media City, Internet City and Knowledge Village areas.

Companies have been asked to contact Tecom offices to ascertain the parking spaces allotted to them. Season parking cards A and B will not be valid in the areas. The multi-level parking buildings in these areas will also be paid-parking.

While the ground and first floor levels will be charged, the upper floors have been designated for Tecom Investments permit holders.

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  • Tariq

    26-Feb-2013 03:19

    If RTA is so concerned about reducing parking congestion then for a place likeKV where thousands of students come everyday and have to stay till lateto work on their assignments, RTA should build more parking rather thaninfusing unwanted payment. Students do not work and many have a toughtime spending for their education and above that this would just be astress matter for many students. Congestion in such places are normalbecause KV is home to not just one but many universities with 1000+students in many and so little space around to park their cars. Buildinga better parking facility is much needed than slaughtering the studentsby forcing them to pay even for coming to university !!

  • Nassib

    25-Feb-2013 23:16

    RTA admins,at least provide an alternative place for us to park if you're going tostart shutting down small parking areas here and there that we used tofind refuge in. It now takes me more than 30 minutes to find a parkingspace in Media City, and my job entails me being on the road a few timesper day. Every time I come back to the office its the same headache!Please come up with a healthy alternative. Thank you.

  • Arif Akhter

    12-Feb-2013 09:39

    i'm sure you've been getting a lot of e-mails about this issue, but this is to confirm about how unhappy everyone is about the parking situation. the reason why we come to work is to make a bit of money and not spend it on parking (itwill come upto around 2000 dhs a year) the privileged people are the ones who park in the basement and don't suffer, but it's us- the common people who have to pay for everything. shouldn't it be the opposite? shouldn't people who park in the basements pay for parking? they'reusually the rich ones with the fancy cars so they can afford it. and when a colleague went to the tecom office to issue a parking card, they told him that they can't give him a parking card because we have a basement parking in our company (which only 5% of the rich employees areallowed to park in). how is that fair? you don't even have a parking card that we can buy!! so after 4 hours of filling with our phones, we will be forced to go down every hour and place coins in our cars- it is so inconvenient and selfish. i thought that since i have a yearly parking card i'm safe, but it also turns out that those seasonal cardsare inapplicable in media city.  before you closed down the sand pits all around media city, it was already impossible to find parking. but now that all the sand pits are being closed, people are going to be going absolutely crazy. where are we supposed to park our cars??!?!!!

  • ayma

    07-Feb-2013 02:10

    those who complaint, use public transportation. a Student does not needa car to go to school.

  • Ahmad

    05-Feb-2013 12:23

    Who earns 50,000 a month? Are you serious? The average income is much lower than that.

  • H

    31-Jan-2013 14:54

    Dh600 going out of your pocket just for parking isn't fair for anyonebecause everyone don't earn more than Dh50,000 per month. Paying Dh7200per year for parking is crazy. Students don't earn Dh50,000 per month tokeep aside Dh7200 just for parking. TECOM being made a paid parking area doesntmake any sense at all. Students and office-goers come here nottourists!!!

  • Mike

    31-Jan-2013 14:53

    Most guys here earn 50k? I work in the recruitment industry and most guys do not in fact make that much.

  • dmc

    31-Jan-2013 14:52

    If multi-storey parkinglots are charged, it will be no issues, but charging for parking in crammed areas like the DMC, which was not planned for so many cars and withoutproper traffic management... well Good luck!

  • Rashid

    31-Jan-2013 14:49

    This is terrible, this is going to create a lot of problem in the Internet City where I work. They have started today to put bariers in the desert areas...where almost 100 cars are parked daily as the main parking areas are full. Now even if someone is willing to pay will also faceproblems because of less space for parking. This is a disaster. How can theRTA do this, without thinking of an alternative solution? This is really a badmove?

  • Mohsin Atiq

    31-Jan-2013 13:45

    Can the RTA kindly explain why the parking cards do not work in thisarea? Is this not Dubai and under their jurisdiction? Also shouldn'tthere be a way for people who work in Media City to park their cars or howare we expected to get to work daily?

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If RTA is so concerned about reducing parking congestion then for a place likeKV where thousands of students come everyday and have to stay till lateto work on their assignments, RTA should build more parking rather thaninfusing unwanted payment. Students do not work and many have a toughtime spending for their education and above that this would just be astress matter for many students. Congestion in such places are normalbecause KV is home to not just one but many universities with 1000+students in many and so little space around to park their cars. Buildinga better parking facility is much needed than slaughtering the studentsby forcing them to pay even for coming to university !!

Tariq

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