Pay to park at MOE?

We could soon have to pay to park at Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates (MoE, the world's largest mall by sales, is set to introduce parking meters for people leaving their cars in its car park for longer than four hours.

The move represents the first time Majid Al Futtaim, the largest developer of shopping malls in the Middle East, charges for parking and is understood to come in response to the opening of the Dubai Metro on September 9.

A four-hour time limit would enable most MoE shoppers to continue parking for free, while commuters taking the car to the mall's metro station would have to pay.

Over the weekend, new barriers appeared on the ground floor of the parking area at the shopping mall although they were not in operation.

Al Ghurair Group's BurJuman mall already charges for parking, but the money is refunded if shoppers spend a certain amount of money.

MoE was the highest grossing mall in the world last year, a MAF official told Arabian Business in May.

Naeem Ghafoor, chief executive of Skyline Retail Services, a Dubai-based consultancy, said he did not think parking fees would impact sales at the mall.

"I doubt very much that people spend more than four hours shopping at Mall of the Emirates," he said.

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