Heading to Jumeirah Lakes Towers, that waterside restaurant hub? Finding parking there can be a headache, but hopefully all that’s going to change.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and freezone developer Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) have inked an agreement to manage visitor parking in the neighbourhood.
We don’t have an exact start date, but the parking scheme will roll out in two stages from now until 2020 and include more than 2,000 spaces. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said the first half would cover 1,936 parking spots. They will add a further 460 over the next three years.
Yep, charges are coming
Parking charges vary and will apply from 8am-10pm, Saturday to Thursday. Formerly free “premium” parking on the upper levels of clusters will now be AED 10 an hour, for up to three hours. Those at the entrance to tower blocks and at the side of the road are AED 4 an hour. There will be no seasonal parking permits for the area.
Need to know: the new scheme won’t accept coins and notes. Motorists will only be able to pay for parking through SMS or by using the RTA parking app. The app works all around the city and saves fiddling about for change, so get it downloaded now.