New UAE weekend: Sharjah announces paid parking days

Parking will be free on Fridays in all zones, except those that have blue information signs



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Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Wed 29 Dec 2021, 8:16 PM

Last updated: Thu 30 Dec 2021, 3:20 PM

With Sharjah adopting a three-day weekend, the Emirate's municipality has announced paid parking timings.

From the new year, Sharjah will transition into a four-day workweek, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday forming the new weekend.

Ali Ahmed Abu Ghazien, director of the Public Parking Department at Sharjah City Municipality, confirmed there will be no change to the public parking system.

It will be a paid service from Saturday to Thursday and free on Fridays in all zones, except those that have blue information signs. In such areas, parking is a paid service on all days of the week.

The system will help residents and visitors obtain a parking spot easily and limits its misuse, Abu Ghazien said.

He further added that the municipality provides 53,185 parking spaces throughout the city, and there are plans to increase it in line with urban and population growth in the emirate.

Abu Ghazien also urged the public to avoid double parking, obstructing traffic by parking behind vehicles or at bus stops, and parking behind garbage containers, which could result in fines.

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As Sharjah adopts the four-day workweek, the rest of the Emirates will have a 4.5-day one, with Friday half-day, Saturday and Sunday forming the new weekend.

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) had earlier announced that parking would be a paid service on all days, except Fridays.


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