The new system is based on industry research showing an average of 70 per cent of shoppers spend three hours or less in the malls during the week and four hours over the weekend.
Parking beyond three hours on weekdays will be charged at the rate of Dhs20 for every additional hour for the next three hours.
Over the weekend, the first and second extra hours above the four hours will be charged at Dhs40 and Dhs60 respectively.
Charges will only apply from September 10, a day after the Metro begins.
To introduce the system to visitors, a free trial period will begin on August 9, which will include the use of entry and exit barriers, ticket collection points and instructions.
Fareed Abdul Rahman, Vice-President, Divisional Asset Management for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, said the main aim is to ensure customer comfort and convenience with the new system.
"With the Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre Metro stations so conveniently situated there was the need for a parking management system to ensure parking remains accessible for our customers."
Unlike other systems in place in Dubai, it is not dependant on how much you spend or what time of the day you visit, and the free parking actually lasts longer than the average amount of time spent by shoppers in both malls," he said.
"It was very important for us to strike a balance between giving our customers easy access to free parking while ensuring our car parks at both these malls in Dubai do not become park and ride stops for Metro users," Rahman said.
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linda Sep 07, 2009 10:36 am
how will they add on the extra hour for going to the cinema?
i usually go to the mall for the day when i go, meet my son , have lunch, cinema possibly, shopping, for me my habits will change i will not spend so much time or money at mall of emirates if i have to pay to park. unless you are speedy gonzales you cannot shop for a family, have lunch and a browse or go to the movies in 3-4 hours. its not pleasant to have to rush. time out is supposed to be relaxed not rushed.
we will use the metro for other than a large food shop. but then i will spend less money at the mall in those instances, as we will be in and out.
dread the weekends with pay parking, i envisage chaos.
gaven Sep 02, 2009 12:02 pm
so if you go to the movies then to a restraunt in the mall i`m sure you will be more than 4hrs, so goodbye to my visits , spend my money where they don`t want to rip there paying costumers off..only my thoughts
Milko Jul 29, 2009 01:37 pm
If you spend more than three hours in a Mall you deserve to be fined.
Nidhi Jul 28, 2009 10:46 am
We are assuming here Passes will be given
roscoe Jul 27, 2009 07:06 am
People who work in the Mall will get special passes OBVIOUSLY.
Its a good system to stop free riders using the parking for the metro and making parking impossible for shoppers!!!