Coronavirus: parking fees to return to normal in Abu Dhabi as restrictions are eased

Charges will come into effect from Wednesday, July 1

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., July 4, 2018.   A driver pays for his parking ticket near the Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi area.
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Parking fees will return to normal in Abu Dhabi from next month after they were suspended for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The charges will come into effect on Wednesday, July 1, from 8am.

The announcement was made by the Integrated Transport Centre, a company that manages public transport in the capital.

People were advised to pay for their parking electronically to avoid spreading the virus.

Parking has been free in the capital since the Department of Municipalities and Transport announced the suspension of fees in late March.

The Mawaqif parking timings are from 8am to 12am from Saturday to Thursday.

Premium parking (blue and white colours) is  Dh3 per hour with a maximum stay of four hours.

Standard parking (blue and black colours) is Dh2 per hour or Dh15 for a day.

Parking is free on Fridays, official holidays and for disabled people.

Parking spaces near mosques are exempt from fees for 45 minutes from the call to prayer.

Abu Dhabi is inching back to normal life after the emirate shut all its malls and attractions in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

It has since reopened some attractions with extra precautions to protect the public.

Malls, restaurants and cafes reopened up to 40 per cent capacity, but people over the age of 70 and children under 12 are not permitted to enter.

The age limit was changed last week after previously placing restrictions on people aged 60 and over, as well as children under 12.

The capital’s museums and cultural venues have been given permission to reopen at 40 per cent capacity from June 24, with safety measures in place.

The UAE's capital currently has some of the strictest measures in place across the country with a movement ban limiting travel between Abu Dhabi's main regions as well as entering and leaving the emirate.

Emiratis and residents can now leave Abu Dhabi but cannot return unless they are issued a permit by police.

Movement between the emirate's regions (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra) also requires a permit.

The order is in force until June 23, but could be extended.

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