Dubai’s transport authority has launched a new programme that enables Emiratis to park their vehicles for free near their residences.
Under this initiative, citizens can apply for up to five permits, which can be used in public parking areas within a distance of 500 metres from their homes. This is a welcome development for many Emiratis who have long had to deal with the hassle of finding parking spaces in crowded areas.
How to apply
The programme, which was introduced by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, aims to make life easier for Emiratis living in residential areas. The permits are available to citizens who own or rent a property within 500 metres of public parking spaces. To apply for the permit, Emiratis need to submit their application online through the RTA website. The permit is valid for one year and is renewable.
The new initiative is part of the Dubai government’s commitment to improving the quality of life of its citizens. Dubai has been investing heavily in its infrastructure and transport systems over the years. The city boasts an efficient public transportation system, including the metro, buses, and taxis. However, many Emiratis still prefer to drive their cars, and parking is often a challenge in crowded areas.
Permits allocation per household
The number of permits allocated to Emiratis depends on the size of their residence. Those residing in a one-bedroom property or a studio can receive up to two permits, while those living in two or three-bedroom apartments can receive up to three or four permits, respectively. Emiratis living in a villa or four-bedroom flat can apply for up to five permits. The vehicle must be owned by the permit holder or a member of their immediate family.
Applicants must provide a copy of their passport or Emirates ID, proof of ownership of the house, a valid tenancy agreement approved by Ejari, and ownership documents for the vehicle. The permit is issued to citizens residing in residential areas surrounding the paid parking spaces.
In addition to online application, Emiratis can also apply for the permit by visiting customer service centres across Dubai. If the application has been approved, the permit will be sent via email.
The permit is not valid in car parks with codes not specified in the permit, such as those located in Dubai Silicon Oasis, JLT, Tecom, and Dubai Healthcare City. However, Emiratis can obtain a seasonal parking permit, which is available to all residents, companies, and government entities. A general permit subscription, which allows the holder to park in public parking zones A, B, C, and D, costs Dh500 for 30 days and up to Dh4,500 for one year.
The programme has been well-received by Emiratis, who have taken to social media to express their appreciation for the new initiative. Many have praised the government for taking steps to make their lives easier and more comfortable.
In addition to the parking permit programme, the RTA has also launched other initiatives aimed at improving the lives of Emiratis. For instance, the RTA has partnered with taxi companies to offer discounts to Emiratis with disabilities. The discount applies to fares for taxis fitted with the latest technologies to support people with disabilities.
Furthermore, the RTA has also introduced a programme to encourage the use of electric cars in the city. The programme offers free parking for electric cars at designated parking spaces across Dubai.
The initiative aims to reduce carbon emissions by 2050 and promote sustainable transportation in the city.
Dubai has always been at the forefront of innovation and development, ultimately making it the happiness capital of the world.
The city’s leaders are committed to creating a world-class living environment for its citizens, and initiatives such as the parking permit programme are evidence of this commitment. The programme is a step in the right direction towards making Dubai a more livable city for all its residents.