Road and Transport Authority has rearranged parking codes across Dubai as part of a major restructuring of its parking system. Boards with new parking codes are already posted in some areas and the upgrade of all the zone codes will be completed by the end of next month.
Currently, Dubai’s paid parking zones are divided into four parts such as A, B, E and F.
A covers all the road side paid parking spaces, while B covers all parking lots across Dubai, except the Tecom areas which is coded ‘F’. The parking lot at Deira Fish Market is coded ‘E’.
All existing seasonal parking cards will be valid according to their categories until the expiry dates of the cards.
A, B, C and D are the new parking zones introduced by the RTA. The ‘A’ category valid seasonal parking card holders can use their cards in all zones such as A, B, C and D, while B category valid seasonal parking card holders can use their cards in B and D zones, the RTA said in a statement.
RTA will restart issuing annual parking cards once the new parking system with changes in fees and timing comes into effect. Currently they are issuing only three-month seasonal parking cards. Recently, Downtown Dubai and Business Bay areas were added to the paid parking zones. However, the seasonal parking cards are not valid in these areas as well as at Tecom and Deira Fish Market.
According to the restructured system, Dubai’s parking zones have two main categories of commercial and non-commercial zones. All roadside parking commercial parking zones will continue to be coded ‘A’, while the parking lots in commercial zones will continue to be coded ‘B’.
In non-commercial areas, all roadside parking zones are being coded ‘C’, while the parking lots in the non-commercial areas will be coded ‘D’.
The RTA statement said that more details of the zone rearrangement will be revealed at the end of next month.
Last month, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, issued a resolution that brought in sweeping changes to Dubai’s paid parking system.
The Executive Council’s Resolution No (5) of 2016 on Public Parking Services in Dubai outlines new tariffs for select paid parking areas.
According to the resolution, the parking fee in the commercial areas of Dubai, covering 30,000 slots, has been doubled to Dh 4 per hour.
The new timings, which are expected to come into effect from the end of May, will be from 8 am to 10 pm, with no break in between.
Under the existing system, the paid parking hours are from 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 9pm.
In the restructured system, the paid parking zones in the city have been divided into two categories. The category one, which amounts for around 23 percent of the paid parking slots, will have an entirely new parking tariff, with a provision for a payment of Dh 2 for 30 minutes of roadside parking.
The tariff for roadside parking, which is expected to go live from late May or early June, has been restructured to Dh 4 per hour, Dh8 for two hours, Dh 12 for three hours and Dh 16 for four hours.
Tariff for the parking lots in category one will be cheaper, with Dh 3 for one hour, Dh 6 for two hours, Dh 8 for three hours, Dh 12 for four hours, Dh 15 for five hours and Dh 20 for 24 hours.
The 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 the same for the rest of Dubai, which falls under category two and covers 77 per cent of the total paid parking spaces in the city.
The resolution also outlines amendments in the tariff for seasonal parking permits. The new seasonal permit rates for parking spaces on the side of the street are Dh 1,400 for three months, Dh 2,500 for six months and Dh 4,500 for one year.
The new rates for seasonal parking permits for parking lots are Dh700 for three months, Dh 1,300 for six months and Dh 2,500 for one year.