Almaz Brown, an Ethopian National and Dubai resident using RTA's NOL card at a paid parking machine. Image Credit: VIRENDRA SAKLANI/GULF NEWS

Dubai: New paid parking tariffs and timings will come into effect in Dubai from Saturday, May 28, as the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) restructured system becomes active.

The new paid hours will be from 8am to 10pm, without any break in the afternoon, applicable to all zones across the city.

However, a change in tariff, which comes into effect from today (Saturday), will only be applicable in zones A and B, covering 23 per cent of the paid parking area.

In the restructured system, Dubai will have four paid parking zones — A and B will cover roadside parking and parking lots respectively in commercial areas and C and D will cover roadside parking and parking lots respectively in non-commercial areas.

Meanwhile, Deira Fish Market, Tecom areas and Downtown Dubai have been designated as three special zones E, F and G respectively.

In zone A (commercial areas, roadside parking), the parking fee has been doubled from Dh2 per hour to Dh4 per hour. In a first for Dubai, a provision for a payment of Dh2 for 30 minutes has been made in this zone. The fees work out at Dh8 for two hours, Dh12 for three hours and Dh16 for four hours.

In zone B, (commercial area — parking lot) the fee has been increased to Dh3 for one hour, Dh6 for two hours, Dh8 for three hours, Dh12 for four hours, Dh15 for five hours and Dh20 for 24 hours.

The commercial areas or zones A and B cover the central business districts in most of Deira and Bur Dubai as well as its adjoining localities.

In Deira, it includes, Abu Hail, Hor Al Anz, Al Baraha, Al Muteena, Al Khabaisi, Al Muraqabat, Rigga Al Buteen, Port Saeed, Al Rigga, Naif, Ayal Nasir, Deira Fish Market, Al Ras and Al Buteen.

 

Bur Dubai and commercial categories

On the Bur Dubai side, areas like Al Shindagha, Al Souq Al Kabeer, Al Hamriya, Umm Hurair 1,2, Oud Metha, Al Karama, Al Mankhool, A Raffa, Al Hudaiba, Al Kifaf, 2nd December street, and the sector between Dubai World Trade Centre and Interchange One on Shaikh Zayed Road fall under Zone A and B.

Also falling in commercial area category are 308th street and Al Saada street, both parallel to Shaikh Zayed between Dubai World Trade Centre and Interchange One. Dubai Marina and its adjoining areas also fall in this category.

Parking fee has also been increased in RTA’s multistorey car parks, from Dh3 per hour to Dh5 per hour.

However, parking fees will remain same for the rest of Dubai, which falls under zones D and C and covers 77 per cent of the total paid parking spaces in the city.

 

Downtown Dubai and Business Bay

Recently, Downtown Dubai and Business Bay areas were added to the paid parking zones. The Downtown area is designated zone G, while Business Bay falls under zones C and D. Both areas won’t be affected by change in tariff, while regular parking timing of 8am to 10pm will apply.

In the two special zones of E (Deira Fish Market) and F (Tecom), there will be a different timing. In Deira Fish Market the paid parking hours will extend till 11pm and in Tecom areas the paid parking hours will be from 8am to 6pm.

 

Seasonal parking permits

Amendments have also been to the tariff for seasonal parking permits. The new Category A seasonal permit rates are Dh1,400 for three months, Dh2,500 for six months and Dh4,500 for one year.

The new rates for seasonal parking permits for Category B are Dh700 for three months, Dh1,300 for six months and Dh2,500 for one year.

The new tariffs for seasonal parking permits for multilevel parking facilities are Dh2,000 for three months, Dh4,000 for six months, Dh8,000 for one year and Dh300 for three months for students.

The RTA in an earlier statement told Gulf News that the ‘A’ category valid seasonal parking card holders can use their cards in all zones A, B, C and D, while B category valid seasonal parking card holders can use their cards in zones B and D.

The seasonal parking cards are not valid in any of the special areas including Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Tecom and Deira Fish Market.