Muscat – Muscat Municipality has announced that, effective March 6, many car parks in the capital will be converted to paid parking spaces. This is in pursuance to an administrative decision (151/2016) issuing a regulation governing the use of public parking lots in Muscat and seeking to streamline traffic flow and order.
‘Private car parks for Sultan Qaboos Mosque, in Ruwi, car parks adjacent to the Sultan Qaboos Street in southern Al Khuwair and opposite commercial buildings, the new car parks at Al Khoud souq, and those behind Ooredoo store, will not be paid parking,’ Muscat Municipality said in a statement.
The measure aims to make the most appropriate use of parking lots in Muscat, and to meet the growing urbanisation and population density, which is marked by the increasing number of vehicles.
‘The initiative will also address the phenomena of abandoned vehicles which hinders traffic flow and ruin the aesthetic appearance of modern urban facades,’ the civic body stated.
Paid parking will be applicable daily from 8 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm, except Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays announced by the concerned authorities.
People who wish to reserve a parking slot can do so via SMS, by sending an SMS to 90091 containing the car number, alphabetical code, and the time period required (in multiples of 30 minutes, to a maximum of 300 minutes). This can be extended following the same steps.
Users also have another alternative to reserve parking though Baladiyeti app or via Muscat Municipality website http://www.mm.gov.om/ to obtain or renew a parking permit or inquire about/pay fines.