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Complete Guide: Parking Rates and Zones in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah

Complete Guide: Parking Rates and Zones in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah
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Navigating Dubai's winding roads or Abu Dhabi's bustling avenues requires knowledge of parking zones to steer clear of penalties.


Imagine this scenario: You've paid for parking, followed all the rules, and left within the allotted time, only to receive a fine notification. How did this happen? The answer lies in the various parking zones scattered across the Emirates, each with its own set of rules.

As a fellow driver, I've faced my fair share of parking challenges. From the complex streets of Dubai to the lively roads of Abu Dhabi, understanding the different parking zones is crucial to avoid fines.

So, here's a comprehensive breakdown of codes and colors, from the elusive 'Premium Zones' to the simple 'Standard Zones' in the UAE.

Dubai's parking zones are split into three categories, totaling 11 zones labeled A to K. These zones are further classified into commercial, non-commercial, and special areas. Each zone has its own set of parking rules and fees that drivers must know before parking their vehicles.

Side parking (code A): Mon to Sat 8:00am - 10:00pm

Parking durationFees
30 minutesDh2
1 hourDh4
2 hoursDh8
3 hoursDh12
4 hoursDh16

Plots parking (code B): Mon to Sat 8:00am - 10:00pm

Parking durationFees
1 hourDh3
2 hoursDh6
3 hoursDh9
4 hoursDh12
5 hoursDh15
24 hoursDh20

Side parking (code C): Mon to Sat 8:00am - 10:00pm

Parking durationFees
1 hourDh2
2 hoursDh5
3 hoursDh8
4 hoursDh11

Plots parking (code D): Mon to Sat 8:00am - 10:00pm

Parking durationFees
1 hourDh2
2 hoursDh4
3 hoursDh5
4 hoursDh7
24 hoursDh10

The Knowledge Village, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City (code F)Mon to Sat 8:00am - 6:00pm

Parking durationFees
1 hourDh2
2 hoursDh5
3 hoursDh8
4 hoursDh11

Burj Khalifa, Marasi Bay area and Dubai Health Care City area (code G): Mon to Sat 8:00am - 10:00pm

Parking durationFees
1 hourDh4
2 hoursDh8
3 hoursDh12
4 hoursDh16

Dubai Silicon Oasis (code H): Mon to Sat 8:00am - 10:00pm

Parking durationFees
30 minutesDh2
1 hourDh4
2 hoursDh8
3 hoursDh12
4 hoursDh16

Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT): Mon to Sat 8:00am - 10:00pm

Codes30min1hr2hrs3hrs4hrs5hrs6hrs7hrs8-12hrs
IDh10Dh20Dh30Dh40
JDh2Dh4Dh8Dh12Dh22
KDh2Dh4Dh8Dh12Dh16Dh20Dh24Dh28Dh32

Please be aware that parking in Dubai is free on Sundays and public holidays. When paying through SMS, an additional 30 fils is deducted from the customer's balance. However, there are no extra fees for payments made through the smart application or WhatsApp. It's important to note that Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA) implements strict parking rules and imposes fines on violators.

Mawaqif is the public parking system managed by the Department of Transport in the Capital. In Abu Dhabi, all public parking zones require payment. However, parking is free on Sundays and public holidays. There are two types of parking zones in Abu Dhabi.

Parking typeColourFeesMax stay timeSchedule
PremiumWhite and BlueDh3 per hr4 hours8am to 12am
StandardBlack and BlueDh2 per hr / Dh15 for 24hrs24 hoursFree on Sundays and Public Holidays

Residents parking spaces

Residents’ parking spaces are standard parking spaces found in residential areas. They are identified by a blue line or "Resident Permit Only" Mawaqif signage. These permits are enforced from 9pm to 8am.

Outside of these times, the same parking spaces may be used by the public (non-permit holders) after paying the required parking fees.

Fee structure for apartment and villa residents:

  • Fee for UAE nationals in apartments – Free for four vehicles
  • Fee for UAE nationals in villas – Free

For non-UAE nationals residing in villas and apartments:

  • First vehicle: Dh800
  • Second vehicle: Dh1,200

Paid parking is available on most major roads in Sharjah, including Al Nahda 5, Abu Shagarah, Al Abar, Al Budaniq, Al Fisht, Al Ghuwair, Al Jubail, Al Khan, Al Khezamia, Al Layyeh, Al Mahatah, Al Mamzar, Al Manakh, Al Meraijah, Al Musalla, Al Nabaah, Al Nad, Al Nahda 1, 2, 3, 4, Al Nahdha – Industrial 1, Al Nasserya, Al Qulayaah, Al Ramtha, Al Rifaah, Al Ruqa Al Hmra, Al Shahba, Al Soor, Al Ghubaiba, Al Yarmook, Al Majarah, Al Majaz-1, 2, 3, Al Sheyookh, Al Showaihiyeen, Bu-Tina, Central Souq, Commercial Muaileh, Industrial Area 12, 13, 15, 17, Industrial Area 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Maysaloon, Samnan, and Um Altaraffa, as well as Warehouse Lands.

Parking is permitted from 8am to 10pm, and the parking fee mentioned below is applicable to all paid parking zones in Sharjah.

HoursFees
1 hourDh2
2 hoursDh5
3 hoursDh8
5 hoursDh12
Whole dayDh15

In Sharjah, parking is free on Fridays and public holidays.

Various public parking subscription options are available for individuals and establishments. Subscribing to a parking service grants the subscriber the right to use designated parking spaces within Sharjah city according to the subscription's terms.

Below is the list of parking fine in Sharjah:

  • Dh150 for not purchasing or displaying a ticket
  • Dh100 for exceeding parking time
  • Dh1,000 for parking in handicapped reserved parking spots
  • Dh1,000 for booking a parking spot without a driving license

News Source: Khaleej Times

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