Abu Dhabi plans 70,000 paid parking spaces
Abu Dhabi, March 12, 2012
Abu Dhabi will have more than 70,000 paid parking spaces, including premium and standard surface spaces, and multi-storey buildings, by the end of June, said a report.
The parking charges will be Dh3 per hour for premium parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and white) with a maximum permitted duration of 4 hours, and Dh2 per hour or Dh15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black), the Gulf News reported.
Parking will be free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time, it added.
The Abu Dhabi government's move comes in response to complaints from the public that parking spaces available are far fewer than required.
The paid parking scheme was launched in co-operation with Abu Dhabi Municipality and Abu Dhabi Police.
In addition to providing parking spaces to ease congestion, the scheme also aims at discouraging the culture of reliance on cars to do daily routine, which include early morning trips to the gym and for travelling short distances, the report said citing a government official.