By Andy Sambidge
Officials say 19 areas of city will be covered during year to ease parking problems.
Abu Dhabi transport chiefs are to roll out their paid-for parking plans to a total of 19 areas in the city during 2010.
The UAE capital's Department of Transport (DoT) has outlined its strategy to expand its Mawaqif project which was introduced to the public in October 2009.
The implementation of paid parking services will be introduced in 19 areas around the capital, covering a total of 29,776 parking bays, officials said.
Every month, paid parking will be introduced in 1 or 2 areas of the city in a bid to ease the parking problems in the city which suffers from a lack of spaces, illegal parking behaviours and exploitation of private parking.
"Only three months since the launch, Mawaqif had already made a major impact on the lives of residents and visitors in areas where paid parking system was put in place," the DoT said in a statement.
The area between Cornish street, Sheikh Khalifa Street will be completed by the end of the first quarter with the area between Sheikh Hazaa Bin Zayed the First, Al Falah Street, Airport street and Baniyas Street covered by the end of Q2.
The third quarter of the year will see the area between end of Hamdan Street, end of Al Nahyan Street, and Cornish street completed, with the area between Airport Road, Al Nahyan Street, and Hazza bin Zayed The First finished by the end of the year.
Mawaqif will also open a customer service centre in Marina Mall during the first quarter of 2010, while other centres will be opened in the city throughout the year.
All of Mawaqif’s initiatives are a result of strategic partnership and coordination between the DoT, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi Police HQ and the Urban Planning Council.
The area where I stay in Khalifa street, is under the Mawaquif purview, however DoT never implemented it. Now everyone from Khalifa & cornice park on our side of of Khlaifa street (Yateem Optician) and its a night mare. Once further research I was able to ascertain that since the Europcar Rent a Car has almost 400 cars in that side of the street, there is no way Mawaquif will ever be applied.
i hope mafaqif covers tourist club area and mina street.the quality of life has bcome miserable on this side..as we can never go out after 5pm..as absolutely no way!!! no way!!! parking after 5 pm added to that several rent a car companies in this area..easpically advanced rent a car..taking up all spaces.. it is ridiculous to grant rent a car businesses in residential areas..where the parking are for residents!!1 i hope someone reads this comment..and help us out tnx also bcos
I also live in the Tourist Club area, and the parking is making our lives miserable. We also have to be home by 5pm and are unable to move our cars on the weekends, which is very hard with two babies :o( I have to leave the house 30 minutes earlier in the mornings incase I have to phone the police to enable me to get my car out as someone has parked at the back of me or along side me and blocked me in. We live near the Vision Hotel which also takes up alot of space as they do valet parking :o( Please please let them bring in paid parking soon.