Parking woes for Dubai Media City motorists

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By Janice Ponce de Leon, 
Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Residents working in and visiting Dubai Media City who are not special permit holders have complained that finding metered parking in the area is like looking for a needle in a haystack despite the abundance of parking spaces there.

Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News Drivers going to Tecom-managed business parks often complain of too many vacant special permit parking spaces and the lack of paid parking available for public use.
Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News Drivers going to Tecom-managed business parks often complain of too many vacant special permit parking spaces and the lack of paid parking available for public use.

Parking spaces in Media City and other Tecom-managed business parks such as Internet City and Knowledge Village are divided between metered parking and special permit parking for building tenants in the area. But the special permit spaces are way more than the demand, motorists said, that they end up parking there, risking fines when all metered parking spaces have been taken.

On a random visit, Gulf News spotted four parking fines issued to cars illegally parked at a special permit parking (P-S4) behind the du office. One motorist argued his case with the parking attendant to no avail while Umm Al Quwain resident, Ahmad Hassan, who visited the area for the first time, got a Dh200 parking fine. The Egyptian questioned the fine as he had sent an SMS for metered parking. He was parked at P-S4, making his SMS invalid.

“What is P? To any motorist it’s ‘Parking.’ What’s S4? It’s meaningless! The sign is not very clear. It has to be stated very clearly that this S4 is for building tenants only and should be made five times larger for all to see,” the irate motorist told Gulf News, adding there was not enough parking space in the area for metered parking. More info

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