Free parking in Abu Dhabi ends on Friday

New rules mean motorists will face fines from Saturday onwards

Free parking in Abu Dhabi ends on Friday

They say all good things must come to an end.

And it’s certainly true with free parking on Abu Dhabi island, which will no longer be available after Friday, September 7.

From Saturday, motorists will be fined for violating parking rules in areas which were previously free.

Transport bosses say the move will make the parking system more organised and cut down on illegal parking causing a nuisance to other drivers.

The changes were due to come in on August 18, but authorities introduced a three-week grace period to give motorists a chance to get used to them.

The new paid parking scheme is being implemented across 42 areas, including Maqta Bridge, Sheikh Zayed bridge, Mussaffah bridge and the Corniche.

Vehicle owners are being urged to register for permits to park legally outside their homes.

A permit will cost expats Dhs800 for the first one and Dhs1,200 for the second permit.

UAE nationals living in apartments can receive four free resident permits.

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