Parking management plans see growth in UAE

fmME examines the operational and technological investments driving development in the UAE’s parking management sector

Parking management should be incorporated within IFM delivery programmes.
Parking management should be incorporated within IFM delivery programmes.

Earlier this year, authorities in Sharjah announced rolled out paid parking across the emirate, signalling the end of free parking between 1pm and 4pm across the city.

The move follows a similar initiative implemented by Dubai in 2016, following which parking in the emirate is paid-for between 8am and 10pm.

The year following Dubai’s removal of free parking has reiterated the significance of adequate – and well-managed – parking spaces in the country, and it is altogether likely that the years to come will see private-sector parking operators get busier across the UAE.

Room to retrofit

Last year, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), a part of Dubai Properties, has announced it has partnered with GreenParking to improve the locality’s parking facilities.

The new facility, which commenced operations in August 2016, comprises three new car parks and enhanced street parking options.

Parking facilities at the waterfront destination are also expected to be upgraded with better signage, including clear indicators of parking space availability, valet parking, on-street VIP parking, and operators in all car parks to assist visitors.

Parking areas are also located at Murjan Towers, Bahar Ramada Plaza Hilton, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, and on-street along JBR.

Following the project, JBR comprises 600 parking spaces, with future plans in place to increase this number.

Smart government

This February, it was revealed that Phase 1 of the smart parking project at Dubai’s Al Rigga and World Trade Centre areas has been completed by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Under the new system, information about the number of vacant parking slots in public car parks is provided through RTA’s mobile app.

The information is also displayed in Arabic and English on electronic street signs, Dubai Media Office reported.

Mohammad Al Shareef, director of intelligent traffic systems at RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, outlined the project’s key features: “We have completed linking the central system with the basic components of the project – e-signs and ground, and overhead sensors – across public parking in Dubai as well as multi-level parking terminals and the Dubai Mall car parking.”

Project works at the World Trade Centre area involved the installation of 59 overhead cameras, as well as electronic smart directional signs.

RTA’s project is only one of is numerous initiatives to boost transit in the city and coupled with JBR’s revamp of its parking facilities, indicates a growing recognition for better parking management in the emirate.

Moving forward, it appears the country’s FM experts would do well to incorporate car park and basement management in their integrated FM (IFM) strategies.

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