The Traffic and Roads Agency, Roads and Transport Authority, has finalized the implementation of the paid parking system in Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Knowledge Village. The system has been activated since April 13th, after it was successfully implemented on roadside parking slots in mid-January.
Vehicle parking lots in this area will be classified as paid parking zones which are paid through commonly known methods, namely, coins, text messages, silver & blue Nol Cards, and prepaid cards, in addition to the reserved parking spaces designated for employees of TECOM Business Parks only, with a validity of 3 months, 6 months or 1 year.
Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, said, “Streamlining parking slots in this area aims to provide more effective solutions to cope with the growing traffic movement in place. This move will have a positive bearing on the business community in the area, as it will ease the traffic congestion at peak hours, and gives priority to company employees to reach their workplaces.” She stressed that the RTA would book traffic violators who use the reserved parking areas, adding that the seasonal cards issued for the public parking were not valid for use in the Free Zone area. “Parking slots have been provided in multi-level vehicle parking lots, where the ground and first floors are designated for hourly parking, while the upper levels are solely designated for permit holders,” she continued.
“The RTA and Tecom Investments are working hard on several initiatives that would streamline the parking lots in the Free Zone. Work is up and running to establish about 500 additional parking spaces in Tecom area,” said Maitha. She spoke about an increase in the number of public transport trips to the area since the April 2nd, besides the introduction of express transport routes starting from some vital sites in the Emirate of Dubai and directly outbound to Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Knowledge Village within Tecom Zone. “These routes cover Discovery Gardens, Ghubaiba Station, Deira, Satwa Station, in addition to introducing and increasing internal transit routes running from the metro stations adjacent to Tecom within the zone. The RTA is also working on increasing the number of air-conditioned bus stops, and a direct bus route was opened from Al Quoz area on April 1st.
“The RTA is making expeditious efforts to devise solutions that would effectively contribute to ensuring a smooth and seamless traffic flow in residential complexes and business communities to maintain Dubai's standing among top metropolis worldwide, and promote it as an attractive destination for tourism, investment, work and comfortable life,” concluded the CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency.