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Thu 26 Nov 2009 02:11 PM

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Abu Dhabi transport chiefs give Eid gift to motorists

In celebration of Eid Al Ahda and National Day, all parking fees will be waived in UAE capital.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport has announced that Mawaqif will be offering free parking in the city over the course of the Eid Al Adha and National Day holidays.

The free parking will be in effect from Nov 26 until Dec 3. Regular fees will commence as normal from Dec 5.

Najib Al Zarooni, general manager of Parking at the Department of Transport said: “All Mawaqif controlled areas in Abu Dhabi will be free for residents and visitors over the holiday period. This is in line with the DoT’s commitment to providing convenience to the community during all religious and national day celebrations.”

Mawaqif is a comprehensive and integrated program for the management of parking in the capital. The DoT introduced it in October 2009 as part of a strategic plan to resolve transport and traffic related issues.It is aimed at ensuring a greener, more accessible and less congested city.

The paid parking scheme is part of a wider initiative to support Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 and ensure that Abu Dhabi becomes one of the leading world capitals in regards to mobility, connectivity and transport.

“In order for everyone to benefit from the free parking, we ask that Abu Dhabi motorists follow the traffic laws and not misuse the parking spaces during this holiday period,” Al Zarooni added.

He further warned that the illegal parking on pavements and the blocking of roads and parking spaces would not be tolerated and would be met with fines.

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