A Muscat Municipality signboard reads, “Vehicles are not allowed to be parked on sidewalks, shoulder of the roads and areas where parking is prohibited. Fines will be issued in case of any violation of such regulation.”
The signboards are each in Arabic and English.
Eng Nasser Abdullah al Ghailani, director common of Muscat Municipality in Greater Muttrah stated, “Parking in wadis is a incorrect practice. Wadis are not designated for parking automobiles. Wadis are meant for smooth flow of rainwater and not for parking automobiles.
“We have enough paid parking lots in Ruwi which remain vacant because people prefer to park in wadis to save money. We have now put up signboards to ensure people park their vehicles in designated slots.”
Eng Ghailani stated that parking prices in Muscat are affordable. “It’s just 100bz for 30 minutes. Monthly zonal parking is RO15 while it’s RO20 for whole of Muscat. There are free parking hours too between 1pm and 4pm. Despite this, people still park in non-designated areas like wadis.”
Eng Ghailani stated that the municipality is currently contemplating creating multi-level automobile parking facilities in this location. “This will ensure more parking spaces as Ruwi is a hub of business activities in the city.”
The Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) also has set up signboards warning public against parking in wadis. Their signboards state that there are higher voltage overhead lines (HV OHL)/underground electrical cables and it is strictly prohibited to burn something, throw any type of building waste and drive or park in the location. Violators will expose themselves to danger and face legal prosecution.
Information Source: Muscat Daily