Dubai struggling to put brakes on parking woes

Dubai struggling to put brakes on parking woesImage Credit: Supplied

It is not a smooth ride for Dubai residents looking for parking spaces in most of the residential areas around the city. With a dramatic rise in the number of new vehicles hitting the road and soaring property prices, parking problems are getting knottier by the day.

The year 2013 saw more than 100,000 new vehicles being registered – a 10 per cent jump in the number of new entrants on the road – which means it is always a challenge for the authorities to keep pace with the rising number of cars not just on the road but also off it.

Residents of Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), one of the popular mixed-use addresses in Dubai, have been grappling with serious parking issues for quite some time now. It is mandatory for the residents to have special parking permits bought from either the master developer or the sub-developers. In most cases, the sub-developers have bought parking spaces from the master developer which are being either sold or rented out at exorbitant prices.

There are no rules or regulations to limit the prices of parking bays, so the developers are free to set their own prices. The master developer of the community, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), issues parking permits in certain clusters of JLT on a yearly, half yearly and quarterly basis. Currently, there are around 650 free parking slots for visitors at JLT where they can park for a maximum of two hours.

Not just the new residential areas, but even old areas such as Karama and Al Fahidi Street in Bur Dubai are facing huge parking problems. Taking advantage of the huge demand, most private parking operators charge around Dh10 to Dh20 for one-hour parking in these areas.

Dubai has 111,026 paid parking slots, and the number is likely to increase by 10,000 by the end of this year. According to RTA’s plans, some of the new areas which will see paid parking meters include Al Barsha, Al Quoz, Hor Al Anz, Al Nahda and Al Qusais.

Handy Hints:

* The year 2013 saw more than 100,000 new vehicles registered in Dubai 

* Dubai has 111,026 paid parking slots; number likely to rise by 10,000 by yearend 

* Areas which will have new parking meters include Al Quoz, Al Barsha, Al Nahda

Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer


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