Guide for Parking in Dubai – Location, Spaces, Maps & More

Ultimate guide on parking zones in Dubai, location, spaces and timings

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Parking in Dubai can be confusing, whether you are new to Dubai or a resident there.

One of the most important things to know about parking anywhere is where you can and cannot park. Different rules apply to different areas of Dubai, so you should be aware of the restrictions in each area.

Malls, hotels, governmental sites, and residential areas all provide parking in Dubai with commercial, non-commercial and multi-story parking. These areas are open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and some offer 24-hour parking. The prices range from AED 2 to 5 per hour.

This Dbd guide will cover all the parking in Dubai, including commercial and non-commercial parking zones, locations, spaces, charges, permits, and timings.

So if you are excited to learn about paid and free parking zones in Dubai, keep reading on till the end.

List of all parking zones in Dubai

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In Dubai, there are many areas where you need to pay for parking. This is usually indicated by signs that say “Paid Parking” or something similar.

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Commercial zones

Commercial zones are the areas that are very active and busy due to the availability of a large number of commercial organizations in the area.

These are usually more expensive than the non-commercial zones. This is due to how busy these commercial areas are. Commercial parking zones are divided into Parking zone A and Parking zone B.

Dubai parking zone A

All roadside parking facilities in designated commercial areas in Dubai are classified as zone A. Parking rates in zone A are generally higher than most other zones.

Zone A parking also provides a 30 minutes parking service, which no other zone offers.

Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM

Charges:

  • 1/2 hour: AED 2
  • 1 hour: AED 4
  • 2 hours: AED 8
  • 3 hours: AED 12
  • 4 hours: AED 16

Dubai parking zone B

All parking lots in the designated commercial areas are known as zone B. These are comparatively cheaper than zone-A commercial zones.

Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM

Charges:

  • 1 hour: AED 3
  • 2 hours: AED 6
  • 3 hours: AED 9
  • 4 hours: AED 12
  • 5 hours: AED 15
  • 24 hours: AED 20

The areas under Parking zone A and B are category one, which includes Deira, Bur Dubai, and Jumeriah. Any areas that do not fall under category one belong to category two, where the parking tariffs typically do not change.

Non-commercial zones

Zones C and D are in residential areas away from commercial zones. These are comparatively cheaper than commercial zones and are a lot less busy.

Dubai parking zone C

Roadside parking facilities in residential zones are all classified as zone C parking. These areas are the cheapest ones and far less busy than commercial zones.

Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM

Charges:

  • 1 hour: AED 2
  • 2 hours: AED 5
  • 3 hours: AED 8
  • 4 hours: AED 11

Parking in Dubai zone D – non-commercial zone

The parking lots in non-commercial areas in Dubai are all zone D parking zones. This zone is the cheapest out of all zones in Dubai.

Al Nahda and Al Qusais are the residential areas with zone D parking available.

Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM

Charges:

  • 1 hour: AED 2
  • 2 hours: AED 4
  • 3 hours: AED 5
  • 4 hours: AED 7
  • 24 hours: AED 10

Special zones

Parking in Dubai zone E

Zone E is considered a special zones for parking in Dubai. This zone includes the underground and public parking lots of the Waterfront Market (Deira fish market).

Timings: 8 AM to 11 PM

Charges:

  • 1 hour: AED 4
  • 2 hours: AED 8
  • 3 hours: AED 12
  • 4 hours: AED 16

Parking zone in Dubai- F

The parking lots for all Tecom areas are zone F parking. Knowledge Village Hotel, Dubai Internet City, and Dubai Media City are included in this zone.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM

Charges:

  • 1 hour: AED 2
  • 2 hours: AED 5
  • 3 hours: AED 8
  • 4 hours: AED 11

Dubai parking zone G

Zone G parking includes the parking areas of Downtown Dubai. Burj Khalifa, Dubai Health Care City, and Marasi Bay Area are on the zone G parking list.

Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM

Charges:

  • 1 hour: AED 4
  • 2 hours: AED 8
  • 3 hours: AED 12
  • 4 hours: AED 16

Dubai multi-story parking zones

There are also several multi-story parking zones in Dubai. They will be open at all times, so you can take your vehicle to the nearest parking spaces whenever you want.

The parking fee is very straightforward in a multi-story parking zone.

Timings: 24 hours

Charges: AED 5 per hour

Dubai parking charges

If you’re planning on driving in Dubai, it’s essential to be aware of the city’s parking charges.

These charges range from AED 2 to 4 per hour in the seven Dubai parking zones. But there are discounted rates available if you choose longer parking hours.

In most cases, you can pay for parking using your credit card. However, some areas will not accept cards, so you have to pay your charges via cash.

The parking charges vary from location to location.

Zone A and E are more expensive than others as these are busy commercial zones. On the other hand, residential parking zones are the cheapest.

Parking is free on Sundays and other public holidays as well. So take advantage of free parking in Dubai if you are out to visit the city during the holidays.

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A seasonal parking card is an excellent option if you are a resident of Dubai. This will let you avoid the hassle of paying for parking every time you use your car.

You can get a seasonal parking card from the RTA for a specific parking zone. The card is valid for up to one year. The prices start from AED 300 for three months of parking if you apply for a student card.

These offer a discount on the hourly parking rates, and you will not need money to pay for parking every day. These cards can be obtained from Dubai RTA offices after you apply from the official RTA website.

Parking reservation permits

If you are a resident of Dubai, you can also apply for reservation permits for specific categories. Students, GCC nationals, tourists, people with special needs, etc., can apply for licenses for 3 months to a year.

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Dubai parking timings

You have to be aware of your parking timings in Dubai. Knowing your parking times will help you calculate your parking charge so that you will be free from any parking dispute.

Usually, paid parking areas are open from 8 AM to 6, 10, or 11 PM, with no free parking allowed during that time. There are also some 24-hour parking zones where you can park your car overnight.

These parking zones are primarily available in hotels, motels, or restaurants, where you can sometimes get accessible parking facilities until the next day.

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FAQs

Does Dubai have free parking?

Yes, Dubai has free parking on public holidays and Sundays. It used to be on Fridays, but it has been changed recently.

Where can I park for free in Dubai?

You can park for free in specific hotels, amusement parks, and malls in Dubai. However, these are very crowded, and you may not find a parking space.

How do you pay for parking in Dubai?

The parking system in Dubai accepts various payment methods. You can pay with coins, RTA Dubai app, NOL card, seasonal parking cards, Apple pay, Samsung pay, bank cards with RFID, NFC, and the mParking SMS parking.

Where can I find parking in Dubai?

You can find parking spaces everywhere in Dubai. There are seven zones where you can park your cars in.

How much is full-day parking in Dubai?

The parking cost depends on where you park. You can park your car in zone B and D for 24 hours with AED 20 and 10, respectively.

What are the Dubai parking fines?

Parking fines in Dubai range from AED 150 to AED 10,000. For minor violations, you have to pay up to AED 1,000, and if you remove parking, ticket machines, or zone plates without a permit, you will be charged AED 10,000.

Final thoughts

Dubai is a great city to explore by car, and the charges for parking in Dubai are generally reasonable. So don’t let them put you off.

Make sure to park only in a designated parking zone to avoid fines and parking tickets. Don’t forget to pay the parking fee in Dubai in advance either, as it may incur fines.

Now that you know about the parking zones and how to pay for them go ahead and enjoy your time in Dubai.

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