Drivers will be able to park in any bay in their neighbourhood at any time without paying additional charges when they buy a resident parking permit from Mawaqif.
However, a parking permit does not allow the customer to park in the premium parking area and does not entitle them to reserve a bay.
The permits, which are virtual, are available to owners, tenants and their families. Each household is limited to two parking permits. The annual permits will cost Dh800 for the first car and Dh1,200 for a second vehicle. Each permit is specific to the vehicle and the sector.
To apply for a permit, residents must provide a passport copy with a valid residency visa, tenancy contract, last utility bill, and proof of vehicle ownership.
The permits are available at Mawaqif customer service centres at Marina Mall, the Central Market, Muroor street between 13th and 15th streets, the intersection of Al Muroor Road and Al Falah Street, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry branch and at the City Terminal building in the Tourist Club area. The Hamdan branch is currently closed for maintenance.
Instead of a physical permit, drivers' details will be logged in a database and parking inspectors will be able to track cars by license plate number.
A residents-only parking area for permit-holders is available between 9pm and 8am. Anyone parking in the area without a permit will be fined Dh500. However, parking for any vehicle will be allowed on Fridays and public holidays.
For more information, please visit www.mawaqif.ae or call toll free 800-3009.
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