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No parking charges across Dubai on Sunday

Dubai RTA not to charge for parking in a move to mark the Isra and Mi'raj on July 19.

No parking charges across Dubai on Sunday
PUBLIC HOLIDAY: The government has announced that Sunday, July 19, as a public holiday. (Getty Images)

The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai, has announced that all the parking lots across the emirate of Dubai will be free of charge on Sunday, July 19 to mark the Isra and Mi'raj.

Adel Al Marzouqi, deputy director of the parking lots of the RTA, said that the parking lots of the RTA will be free only on Sunday, adding that the move aims to providing comfort and facilitating traffic for inhabitants and visitors of Dubai during the holidays, newswire WAM reported.

The RTA called on the vehicle owners to park their cars properly. It warned that offenders would be punished, the newswire added.

The government has announced that Sunday, July 19, is a public holiday for ministries and other federal departments to mark Isra and Miraj.

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Patrick 11 years ago

RTA is really amazing, I adore the RTA, God bless the RTA, imagine, free parking on the public holiday?? WoooW that is really unprecedented. I love RTA, long live RTA forever.

worried 11 years ago

May Allah bless the RTA, its decision makers and their children's children for granting us this beautiful gift of free parking on a public holiday. Hurrayyyyyyyyyy. How benevolent, we are eternally obliged and thankful

Original Joe 11 years ago

This impacts very few people. RTA, you want to give everyone a break? How about no SALIK charges on public holidays? That would provide a bigger impact for everyone.

Hossam 11 years ago

Let me tell you something guys ... Im a muslim and I can tell you that Salik system is forbidden in Islam . The reason is that in Islam if you pay money for goods then you should take them and that's why in islamic morgage for example I don't pay until I recieve my appartment . Now Salik , you will pay for driving in the street !!! This is HARAM . And Haram money will increase the country's Debt becasue God have to take this money back and that's where the $80bn debt on Dubai came from . So I advise RTA on this holy occasion to cancel Salik and do the right thing for the country . Im Egyptian and Im here since 10 years and in Egypt we never made people pay money to walk or drive in the street even we had more congestion or even in the 60's when we had better streets than any other place . Thank you Hossam

hombil 11 years ago

This is no big deal. In Oman, it is a normal practice that there are no parking charges on holidays (and Fridays). Dubai is a money making machine, whereas Oman is more considerate towards the welfare of its citizens and expat residents!

sn 11 years ago

Nowhere else in the world would this make the news when it's printed on every parking meter anyway.

worried 11 years ago

How come Adel Al Marzouqi did not think of "free Salik" on this same day, July 19 to mark the Isra and Mi'raj. Would it not provide comfort and facilitate traffic for inhabitants and visitors of Dubai during the holidays?

gamby 11 years ago

Guys expect more from RTA, in this time of crisis they need extra funding. Where do you think they will get money for all the infrastructures going arround. Don't be surprise, more money making from RTA will come. If they are not criticized internationally for putting inter-city toll gates they will put every major streets and bridges.