Calling all shopaholics and tourists: UAE authorities have announced motorists in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah will enjoy free parking over the coming Eid break, which lasts from Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August.
Specifics vary across the emirates, so here’s what you need to know about the opportunity this Eid Al Adha.
All public parking areas in Dubai will be available free-of-charge, apart from multi-level parking terminals.
In Abu Dhabi, surface public parking bays will be free to use. Note, however, that the Department of Municipalities and Transport have urged motorists to observe Mawaqif regulations and to avoid parking their vehicles in prohibited areas in order to allow the continuous flow of traffic. The public have been advised to adhere to Mawaqif regulations regarding resident parking between 9pm and 8am; parking in residents-only spaces acquires a Dhs200 fine and the car is towed four hours after the ticket has been issued.
Across Sharjah, motorists can access free parking in most areas. The exceptions are Al Hisn Street (bank complex) in Al Shuwaiheen and Al Shoyoukh areas; Corniche street (both sides); Qays Ibn Abi Sa'sa'ah street; Central Souq parking spaces; Corniche street (Khalid Lagoon side) and University City Road.
In terms of public transport, bus service timings in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain City and Al Dhafra Region will follow the normal Friday schedule, while the following services will operate until 1.30am: 5, 7, 8, 22, 67, 102, 401, 900, 940, 950, 960, 970, 980 and 990. Perfect timing for an Eid night out!
The Dubai Metro’s timings will continue as follows:
Red Line - Thursday 5am to 1am; Friday 10am to 1am; Saturday to Monday from 5am to 12 midnight.
Green Line - Thursday 5.30am to 1am; Friday 10am to 1am; Saturday to Monday from 5am to 12 midnight.
Dubai Tram - Thursday 6am to 1am; Friday 9am to 1 am; Saturday to Monday from 6am to 1am.
So rev up your engines and get ready to cruise... into the nearest free parking space.