You can now get free parking in Dubai
You can now get free parking in Dubai

You can now get free car parking in Dubai*

That’s right, you can now get free car parking in Dubai as long as you’re driving an *electric car.

The news was announced by The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) who confirmed that electric cars will get free parking for two years.

The only catch – apart from having an electric car, of course – is that the electric car must be registered in Dubai. Electric cars from other emirates will still have to pay for parking.

There are currently 1,803 electric cars registered in Dubai.

The move is all part of Dubai’s Green Mobility Strategy.

Maitha bin Adai, the CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency at RTA, said: “This initiative complements a previous initiative launched in 2018 designating parking slots in various parts of Dubai to electric vehicles exclusively. It contributes to improving the air quality, curbing carbon emissions and enhancing sustainability besides encouraging the public to own these types of vehicles.”

The need for speed

We’ve all wanted to run away from 2020, but one driver took that to extremes when he was caught speeding in Sharjah at 278km/hour.

And yes, that is the highest speed detected in the UAE. But amazingly, only this year according to Captain Saud Al Shaiba, Director of Traffic Awareness and Traffic Media Branch. Which is very, very worrying.

So far this year, 274 drivers have been fined for speeding above 200km/hour in Sharjah. Where on earth are you all going in such a hurry?