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Dubai mall giants announce parking fees

Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre confirm parking fees will start on September 10.

Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre have confirmed that they will introduce parking fees starting on September 10.

Visitors parking their cars for longer than three hours on weekdays will be charged AED20 ($5.40) for every additional hour for the next three hours, the Majid Al Futtaim-owned shopping malls said in a statement.

During weekends, the first and second extra hours above the first four hours will be charged at AED40 and AED60, respectively.

The free parking period will be extended by an additional hour on both weekdays and weekends for customers watching a movie at the malls’ cinemas.

A trial period will begin on August 9 to introduce visitors to the system of entry and exit barriers, ticket collection points and instructions.

Charges will apply starting September 10, the day after the Dubai Metro begins its service.

“With the Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre Metro stations so conveniently situated there was the need for a parking management system to ensure parking remains accessible for our customers,” said Fareed Abdelrahman, vice president of divisional asset management at Majid Al Futtaim Properties.

“Unlike other systems in place in Dubai, it is not dependant on how much you spend or what time of the day you visit, and the free parking actually lasts longer than the average amount of time spent by shoppers in both malls,” he said.

The new system is based on industry research showing that an average of 70 percent of shoppers spend three hours or less in malls during the week and four hours over the weekend, the company said.

Courtesy parking crews will be stationed around the two malls to help customers adapt to the new system.

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Original Joe 11 years ago

This will not impact my wallet. By adding the extra hour for those seeing a movie I still have plenty of time for my Friday morning movie followed by lunch. With MAF using the Metro as an excuse to charge for parking can we assume there will be no parking charges at their Mirdif City Centre since the Metro does not pass by there?

Ali 11 years ago

I am pleasantly surprised that the charges are quite reasonable I was afraid they would start something ridiculous like Bur Juman. That said they should waive charges for anyone purchasing over 200 dhs, even if they have been in the mall for 4+ hours. And I hope the machines work properly and dont just swallow bills without credit...

raja 11 years ago

Does this mean that first 3 hours is free, irrespective of whether you do the shopping or not, great news, indeed. But the probelm starts, when you spend more than 3 hour doing shopping and eating. You have to pay 30+, so you discourage the shoppers to get out of the mall within 3 hours? How does it help the mall??? ridiculous isn't it. If i want to do my shopping and eat as well and cross my 'free 3 hour' parking i have to shed AED.30.00.

Mansoor 11 years ago

Absolutely Pathetic....dont want to say anything more.

Ralf 11 years ago

3 hours free parking sounds fair enough to me. If you really want to shop more, just drive out and come back in again if that is worth the 5$ for you... Honestly, I think this is fair, especially the additional hour when you visit the cinema.

Kenneth John 11 years ago

Recession forces half of UAE households to cut back spending - Dubai Shopping Malls say that car owners must be squeezed!

Vid 11 years ago

Tell you the truth, I stopped going to MOE because I couldn't get parking anymore. Three hours free, irrespective of what you do? That is fair, and the extra hour when you go to the cinema, even better. What is everyone complaining about?

ssatay 11 years ago

It is very clear that the major beneficiary of the 3 hour limit will be Carrefour which is owned by Al Fattaim Group. It appears that the rest of the stores in the centre, which mainly rely on browsers and wanderers have been told that they can quietly go broke. It will not be too long before there are empty stores or highly subsidised rents to retain stores. Shame on your MAF Group! If you do not want people at your centres, then put a large announcement at the front saying so and we will shop overseas. You seem to forget that we have a choice and most of Europe is far cheaper than the stores in your centres. No one minds a couple of AED, but when it is the extortionate charges that you are imposing, I hope that you appreciate that we have a choice and will exercise it. Watch the shoppers fall!

Mart 11 years ago

Seems a good idea to me to do this before the Metro opens - there has to be some way to dissuade people from using it as a free Metro car park. Genuine shoppers would have every reason to want such action. It will also stop people walking round the mall all day because they've got nothing better to do and so free up parking for legitimate customers. And if you do overstay, well AED20 isn't going to bankrupt you! Though I do agree with the suggestion it should be free if you've spent over AED200.

Ibn Battuta Fan 11 years ago

Come down to Ibn Battuta Mall where parking there is free, it doesn't have all the brands that Mall of Emirates has but value for money stores and free parking with much nicer cinemas