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The price of parking

Emirates Towers hotel on Sheikh Zayed road has introduced a new parking payment system, to ensure that spaces are available for customers, and not being abused by passers by.

Dubai is a city of cars, and the lack of parking spaces at many hotels across the emirate is proving a deciding factor when people decide on a night out.

That’s why Emirates Towers hotel on Sheikh Zayed road has introduced a new parking payment system, to ensure that spaces are available for customers, and not being abused by passers by.

The new system was introduced in early June. When you enter the parking, they now have attendants informing you that there is a charge. You get a token, and if you purchase anything in the shopping mall, or dine in one of the restaurants, then the token gets activated by the outlet, and the parking is free (up to three hours). Additional hours, or those using the car park and not visiting an outlet, are charged at a rate of Dhs. 10 (US $2.70) per hour.

According to hotel general manager, Doris Greif, the majority of cars are only parked for two hours, so the time frame works well. Greif admitted that the system had to be installed because people were abusing the parking. Apparently, they had many incidents of people parking their cars there, and then going on holiday for up to a week at a time, along with more common instances of people parking and then walking to the Dubai World Trade Centre, located close by.

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