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Dubai Parking Guide, Parking Zones, Timings, Fines & Payments

Written by Kritika

Dubai is a world class city and the traffic rules make it really easy to manage the hefty number of cars. One of the ways in which urban cities are managed is through efficient parking. Dubai follows a stringent system that allows ample parking space, strict rules, and no inconvenience to the pedestrians. It is important the citizens follow the parking guide so that smooth traffic flow is maintained.

Know more about Dubai Parking Guide 2023 in this detailed blog.

Parking Zones in Dubai

There are different parking zones in Dubai – Zone A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I J, K. Each zone is divided into three types of parking: commercial, non-commercial and special areas. It was announced by the government of the UAE on March 28, 2022 that parking in Dubai will be paid for 14 hours from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. Parking will be free on Sundays and public holidays. Previously Fridays was meant for free parking which is now changed. RTA also announced free parking during Eid Al Adha holidays.

Zone wise parking details

Zone A 

Zone A and B are for commercial parking. Zone A refers to all roadside parking in designated commercial areas of Dubai. Zone A doesn’t need a specific parking card, but just be aware of the charges as per the number of hours your car is parked. For the help of drivers there are boards of each zone so that there is no confusion.

Tariff

  • AED 2 for half an hour
  • AED 4 per hour
  • AED 8 for two hours
  • AED 12 for three hours 
  • AED 16 for four hours

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm with no breaks in between

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Zone B

Zone B parking refers to the parking in commercial places. It is usually not as busy as zone A and is comparatively cheaper as well.

Tariff

  • AED 3 per hour
  • AED 6 for two hours
  • AED 9 for three hours
  • AED 12 for four hours
  • AED 15 for five hours 
  • AED 20 for 24 hours

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Zone C

Zone C refers to non-commercial parking. All roadside parking under residential areas also falls under zone C.

Tariff

  • AED 2 per hour
  • AED 5 for two hours
  • AED 8 for three hours 
  • AED 11 for four hours 

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Zone D

Zone D is also for non-commercial parking. The parking charges for this zone are the cheapest.

Tariff

  • AED 2 per hour
  • AED 4 for two hours
  • AED 5 for three hours
  • AED 7 for four hours
  • AED 10 for 24 hours

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Zone E

Zone E parking spaces are special areas. It covers both underground and public parking lots of the Waterfront Market, previously known as Deira Fish Market. The underground parking is free.  

Tariff

  • AED 4 per hour
  • AED 8 for two hours
  • AED 12 for three hours 
  • AED 16 for four hours

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Zone F

Zone F is the dedicated parking for all telecom areas including The Knowledge Village Hotel, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City.

Tariff

  • AED 2 per hour 
  • AED 5 for two hours
  • AED 8 for three hours 
  • AED 11 for four hours 

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Zone G

Zone G includes all the paid parking areas of Downtown Dubai including Burj Khalifa, Marasi Bay area and Dubai Health Care City Area.

Tariff

  • AED 4 per hour
  • AED 8 for two hours
  • AED 12 for three hours 
  • AED 16 for four hours 

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Zone H

This includes all the parking lots in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Tariff

  • AED 2 for half an hour
  • AED 4 per hour
  • AED 8 for two hours
  • AED 12 for three hours 
  • AED 16 for four hours 

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Zone I

RTA introduced three parking codes in Jumeirah Lake Tower: Zone I, J and K. ZONE I represents “prime parking” with a total of three hours of maximum stay. 

Tariff

  • AED 10 per hour
  • AED 20 for two hours
  • AED 30 for three hours 
  • AED 40 for four hours

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Zone J

Zone J parking lots in JLT allow a short stay with a maximum of three hours.

Tariff

  • AED 2 for half an hour
  • AED 4 per hour
  • AED 8 for two hours
  • AED 12 for three hours 
  • AED 22 for four hours

If you just want to park your car for half an hour in Zone J, the tariff is going to be AED 2.3

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Zone K

Parking lots in Zone K are assigned for shorter durations only with a maximum of 4 hours.

Tariff

  • AED 2 for half an hour
  • AED 4 per hour
  • AED 8 for two hours
  • AED 12 for three hours
  • AED 16 for four hours 
  • AED 20 for five hours
  • AED 24 for six hours
  • AED 28 for seven hours
  • AED 32 for 24 hours

Timing: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm with no breaks in between.

Ramadan Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

Parking Area Categories

There are two paid parking categories in Dubai – category 1 and category 2. Areas covered by Zone A and B fall under category 1. All other zones fall under category 2.

The areas that fall under category 1 of parking area category include –

  • Deira: Abu Hail, Hor Al Anz, Al Baraha, Al Muteena, Al Khabaisi, Al Muraqabat, Rigga Al Buteen, Port Saeed, Al Rigga, Naif, Ayal Nasir, Deira Fish Market, Al Ras and Al Buteen.
  • Bur Dubai: As for parking towards Bur Dubai, areas like Al Shindagha, Al Souq Al Kabeer, Al Hamriya, Umm Hurair 1, 2, Oud Metha, Al Karama, Al Mankhool, Al Raffa, Al Hudaiba, Al Kifaf, 2nd December street, and the sector between Dubai World Trade Centre and Interchange One on Shaikh Zayed Road.
  • Jumeirah: Jumeirah Beach Residence and the JBR Walk, 308th street and Al Saada Street, parallel Shaikh Zayed Road between Dubai World Trade Centre and Interchange One.

How to pay for parking in Dubai?

  • There are 6 different ways in which you can pay for parking in Dubai –
  • Buy your tickets using coins at the nearest parking machine.
  • You can buy a prepaid card that’s easily available at nearly all supermarkets. They are available in denominations of 30 AED and 100 AED. Seasonal parking cards are available in different values and for different validity. Cards fall into category A, B, and T.
  • You can buy parking cards that are valid for three, six, or twelve months.
  • Send an SMS to 7275 using mParking in the following format – number plate – space – area code – number of hours
  • You can also opt for hourly alerts for renewing parking tickets at an extra cost of 30 fils per SMS.
  • Use your Nol card to buy your parking card and the amount will be directly deducted from your card balance.

Parking fines in Dubai

If you don’t park in an appropriate manner, there can be hefty parking fines that you would have to bear. Know the complete list of Dubai parking fines –

  • Illegal parking – 500 AED
  • Parking in loading and unloading areas – 200 AED
  • Parking on the left-hand shoulder of the road in prohibited areas – 1000 AED
  • Parking behind vehicles and blocking their movement – 500 AED
  • Parking without securing the car – 500 AED
  • Parking in fire hydrants, space allocated for people with special needs, or ambulance parking – 1000 AED

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    Originally published Feb 03, 2023 10:05:27 AM, updated May 13, 2024

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