8am to Midnight paid parking comes to UAE

By Eudore R. Chand

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ABU DHABI 11 September 2017: The city of Al Ain has pioneered the 8am to midnight paid parking in the UAE.

This was revealed as part of the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) announcement to Wam that the first phase of the Mawaqif Paid Parking System had been implemented across five sectors in Al Ain City.

Mohammed Al Muhairi, Deputy General Manager of the Integrated Transport Centre, Head of Traffic and Parking Team, said some 121 payment machines had been installed in the city.

1,376 new parking bays have been added in Hai Qesaidah, 1,175 in Hai Al Rubainah, 1,107 in Hai Al Nawase, 1,166 in Hai Al Humairia and 867 in Hai Al Salama, Al Muhairi added.

The paid parking programme will remain in effect from 8am until midnight from Saturday to Thursday.

The charges will be Dh2 per hour for a standard parking bay, marked in turquoise and black, and Dh15 for the entire day. A premium parking bay, marked in turquoise and white, can be availed at a cost of Dh3 per hour for not more than four hours.


Al Muhairi explained that residents may request permits by visiting a Mawaqif Customer Service Centre in Al Ain. The permit will allow residents to park their cars in standard parking bays anytime without extra charges.

The residents’ permits are issued to a property owner or tenant, in addition to first-degree relatives. No more than two permits will be allowed, and the permit will be valid for the vehicle and the zone where the property is located. To obtain permits, residents will have to submit a copy of their Emirates identity card, passport with a valid resident visa for expatriates, tenancy contract or a certified property ownership document, electricity bill for the last three months and proof of the first-degree relationship.

The fee for expatriates is Dh800 for the first permit, Dh1,200 for the second permit, while it is free for the families of UAE nationals who live in villas. A UAE national living in an apartment is eligible for four permits. Government entities must pay Dh1,200 and identify the number of permits needed, as well as provide the names of employees and their car plate numbers.

Customers can pay fines through the Municipality’s Customer Service Centres and website, Police Customer Service Centres, the Ministry of the Interior app, Abu Dhabi Police website and Max Box Middle East kiosks. The payment can be made with cash or through credit cards.