End of woes. The parking areas in Murjan towers 1, 5 and 6 are open 24/7 Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/XPRESS

DUBAI Visitors to The Walk and residences at Jumeirah Beach Residence can now breathe easy as they can park their cars at a new parking bay in the Murjan towers.

Spread across towers 1, 5 and 6, the new parking area on the mezzanine level is open 24/7 and can accommodate over 250 cars

A spokesperson for developer Dubai Properties (DP) told XPRESS: “Visitors to The Walk at JBR can make use of our new green parking option in Murjan. There is a charge of Dh10 per hour (first 15 minutes free). The monthly rental fee is Dh750.”

She said the parking lot employs a validator, a “unique device that better allows finance and accounting departments to control validations in order to limit guest validation abuse as well as provide useful statistics on the traffic”.

Big attraction

The Walk at JBR, Dubai’s first outdoor shopping and dining destination by the beach, is a popular destination for residents and tourists. It received 12 million visitors in 2014 alone.

However, many residents claim they have a tough time finding parking in the area. Although The Beach complex opposite The Walk now offers ample parking in its basement, visitors say it can be expensive at Dh20 an hour if they are not patronising any restaurant at The Beach.

“There are so many restaurants to choose from at The Walk but it is a headache getting parking. Many times we have had to change our dining plans because we cannot find a slot for our car,” said Irfan Malik, a student. Anupama, another resident, said: “There’s hardly any street parking at The Walk. Much as we love going there, we tend to avoid it.”

The new parking option at The Murjan is now expected to end such woes.

The entire 1.7km stretch of The Walk has been recently refurbished. With the footfall expected to increase, visitors are also being encouraged to use public transport.

“DP collaborates with RTA to provide convenient transportation to our destinations, and therefore, we strongly encourage visitors to the destination to make use of the range of public transport available when visiting The Walk at JBR. They include Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, bus and taxi,” said the DP spokesperson.

Rimal 1 resident John said he had an extra parking at the basement of the building for his visitors but he was more of an exception. “Visitors to Rimal and neighbouring buildings may still find it a long walk from the Murjan parking, especially during the summer heat. The best way to get to The Walk therefore is public transport.”