Kate-Lynne Wolmarans19 Apr 2017 AT 09:42 AM

Parking in Dubai will be FREE this Sunday

The metro timings have also been extended!
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans19 Apr 2017 AT 09:42 AM
UAE, Dubai, Public Transport, Public Holiday
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Good news! Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has just announced that there will be free parking throughout the city this Sunday, April 23! The news comes as a result of the religious public holiday Israa Wal Miraaj.

RTA’s Director of Marketing and Corporate Communication Moaza Al Marri officially announced the news: “All paid parking zones will be free across the emirate on Sunday with the exception of multi-level parking lots and the Fish Market parking area. Paid parking fees will be reactivated on Monday, April 24.”

Al Marri added that all customer service happiness centres will be closed due to the holiday, that marks Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) nighttime journey from Makkah to the 'Farthest Mosque' in Jerusalem, and that they would they would reopen the following day.

She also announced that there would be an extension in timings for public transport. “During the holiday on Sunday, the Metro Red Line stations will operate from 05.30am to 12.00 am. The express Metro service will continue as normal, and the Green Line stations will operate from 05.50am to 12.00am. The Dubai Tram will be in service on Sunday from 06:30 am to 01:00 am”, she said.

Click here to find out more about the public transport timings for Sunday.

It looks like the long weekend will be a cheap one in terms of transport as Uber have officially started the three month trial of their economy class of travel, uberX.

This means that your trip will start on AED5 with your fare going up by AED1.37 per kilometer and AED0.4 per minute, all you have to do is select the uberX option.

The concept of uberX was officially announced this past January after Uber and the Dubai Road and Transport Authority signed an agreement to study new mobility options that will part of Dubai’s 2021 project.

Speaking on uberX, Uber’s general manager Chris Free said: “[the] launch promotes our belief that increased access to economic and reliable modes of transport will provide a viable alternative to individual car ownership, helping to tackle congestion and pollution, whilst complementing the existing public transit infrastructure in Dubai.”

He added: “Our vision is to have more people in fewer cars, promote the use of public transport by providing an economically priced product for people to get to/from metro, tram stations, bus stops and marine transport stations, and to ultimately allow riders to move around their cities easier.”

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